PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon attorney released 20,000 pages of documents kept secret until now by the Boy Scouts of America.
The files, referred to as the “perversion files,” reveal the identities of Scout leaders and volunteers banned for allegations of inappropriate behavior.
The names of more than a thousand Boy Scout volunteers suspected of child molestation were released Thursday and they include former scoutmasters in Southern Oregon. Names from Medford and Cave Junction were a part of the release, which included details of child sex abuse allegations against former Boy Scout volunteers.
The Oregon Supreme Court ordered the 14,000 pages to be made public. The files had been kept since the 1950’s. Victim’s attorney Kelly Clark has spent months removing names of victims and witnesses from the files. He said they document the cases of more than 1,200 leaders and volunteers from 1965 through 1985.
“They are sociopath geniuses. They fool everybody and then they are able to coerce convince or threaten these kids to stay silent. And you see that play out over and over again in the files,” stated Clark.
For decades, the Boy Scouts have argued confidentiality is needed to protect victims and encourage additional reports of suspected abuse. However, in some cases, they failed to report cases to law enforcement. The Boy Scouts released a video statement apologizing for sexual abuse, and promising policy changes.
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