Monday, September 17, 2012

LA Times reports Boy Scouts of America Covered Up Sexual Abuse for Decades

From the LA Times article :

"Over two decades, the Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid the allegations from parents and the public.

A Los Angeles Times review of 1,600 confidential files dating from 1970 to 1991 has found that Scouting officials frequently urged admitted offenders to quietly resign — and helped many cover their tracks.

Volunteers and employees suspected of abuse were allowed to leave citing bogus reasons such as business demands, "chronic brain dysfunction" and duties at a Shakespeare festival."

Yet another major institution is exposed as being pedophile friendly, first the Catholic church now, the Boy Scouts. Whatever happened in American society to a strong commitment to protecting those who can't protect themselves? Is any major institution capable of doing the right thing, and protecting children?

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