BSA Closing Ranks

Despite the precedent of the Catholic Church protecting pedophiles for decades, many pundits were eager to dismiss Penn State’s protecting and enabling of serial abuser Sandusky as an egregious but unusual occurrence. As reported in the LA Times, now we’re seeing the same thing again, at a much larger scale:

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.


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