The Boy Scouts of America frequently failed to report child molestation crimes to police by either hiding evidence of abuse or allowing the suspects to do so, according to a report the Los Angeles Times.
The Los Angeles Times reviewed the Boy Scouts' confidential "perversion files," which showed 500 cases in which the Boy Scouts were initially notified of a child being molested. In 80 percent of those instances, there is no record of the abuse being reported to police.
The Boy Scouts have been trying to keep the files secret by claiming concerns over the privacy of both victims of abuse and those falsely accused.
The secret files were admitted into court in a 1992 case, but the Oregon Supreme Court recently ordered that 1,247 other files covering the period between 1965 and 1985 be made available.
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Boy Scouts of America officials said in a statement that they have “always cooperated fully with any request from law enforcement and today require our members to report even suspicion of abuse directly to their local authorities."