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Supreme Court Orders Boy Scouts of America to Release “Perversion” Files

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The Oregon Supreme Court has ordered the Boy Scouts of America to release some 20,000 pages that cover over 20 years of Boy Scout history, including 1,247 pages of confidential material that was used as evidence in a 2010 lawsuit in which former scout Kerry Lewis accused the organization of failing to protect him from a known child molester. Lewis was awarded nearly $20 million in that case.

The Supreme Court ordered that the files be released after the names of victims and those who reported alleged child sexual abuse are redacted, the LA Times reports. The documents, otherwise known as the “ineligible volunteer” or “perversion” files, detail allegations of sexual abuse and are used to keep child molesters out of the Boy Scouts of America. The organization’s Chief Executive Robert Mazzuca said in a web video, “We’ve kept these filed confidential because we believe that victims deserve protection and that confidentiality encourages prompt reporting of questionable behavior.” He continued, “It removes the fear of retribution and assured the victims and their families that they receive the privacy that they deserve.”

An attorney for Kerry Lewis said, “These kids were raped, these kids were sodomized…Many of them were molested for months and years. Many had devastating physical injuries and they remained silent. These files represent opening a window on that tragic period of time.”

It is expected to take weeks for the names of victims and those that reported the alleged abuse to be redacted from the files. disclaimer: This article: Supreme Court Orders Boy Scouts of America to Release “Perversion” Files was posted on Friday, June 15th, 2012 at 6:54 pm at and is filed under Uncategorized.

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