A trial opened this week that threatens to tear the facade off of a supposed well loved organization, The Boy Scouts of America.
This past week the trial ended with a settlement, albeit, a conditional one.
Six men settle cases with the Boy scouts
The settlement, reached last week, prevents the attorneys and the men from talking about how much money each received in compensation for abuse that happened in the 1980s. The amount, however, likely reaches into the multiple millions of dollars, considering the Boy Scouts of America also have agreed to pay the state $2.25 million in punitive damages as part of the settlement.
“The Boy Scouts of America, by paying these punitive damages, have acknowledged that they were wrong,” said attorney Paul Mones
Attorney Kelly Clark, another attorney for the men, said he hoped the settlement makes the Boy Scouts safer for children just as widespread sexual-abuse litigation against the Catholic Church made the church safer.
Has the abuse litigation made the church safer for children? In my opinion? No.
Will this litigation make the Boy scouts safer for young boys? NO.
Perhaps it has created a false sense of security amongst parents who send their kids to these institutions either the boy scouts or the Catholic church and think to themselves. "They wouldn't dare, look at all the law suits"
The issue in this case revolved around the perversion files;
These files were kept by the Scouts organization for decades. The files indicate they knew they had a pedophilia problem, knew who was involved and did nothing about it.
On a broader scale, the case is one of the first ( but not the first)to bring into open court hundreds of confidential files that the 100-year-old organization kept on Scout leaders and others suspected of sexually abusing boys. Though the Scouts, based in Texas, have been sued dozens of times over allegations of sexual abuse, most cases have been settled out of court, keeping files from becoming public.In this trial some of the perversion files were used as evidence. BUT. (from the latest news story)
Although parts of the files were discussed during trial and jurors had access to all of them, the Oregon Supreme Court has yet to decide whether the files will be made available to the general public. (make them available!!)
Such public access could spur many more suits across the nation because the files were used to convince the Portland jury that Scout executives knew they had a decades-long problem of pedophiles within their volunteer ranks, yet they failed to warn parents or children. Scouting executives have kept the files since at least the 1920s, and still compile them today.
To summarize, the scouts have maintained the perversion files for 80 plus years and are still compiling them at this time, meaning, they have problems to date within their ranks, that they are very likely not addressing.
From one file-
In one file, a Scouting executive wrote that he’d need more information before he would ban a volunteer from working with boys in troops nationwide. The volunteer had reportedly been showing Scouts pornography and sleeping in the nude.
Showing scouts pornography and sleeping in the nude, and the scouting executive would need more information? Well readers, what do you think? Should the scouting executive had needed more information before banning this volunteer?
I would say-NO!
The attorneys estimated that the red-flag (perversion) files that were used during trial encompassed 6,000 to 18,000 children who had been abused in a 20-year period. Mones said that's a fraction - maybe 10 to 20 percent - of the true number of victims because most sexual abuse isn't reported.
If I may, don't put your kids in scouting. Spend time with them yourself.