People have said in response to the release of the Boy Scouts of America files, “well, gee, that’s too bad and all, but all that abuse was in the past and the BSA is a much better organization than it was in terms of protecting kids.” To which we have said, “well, let’s hope so, but, judging from the frequency with which Scout leaders are still regularly being arrested these days, we wonder.” That is why we have called for Congress to do an inquiry and an audit into the BSA’s current child abuse procedures and policies.  Are they working? Is the problem better or worse than it used to be? Given that the BSA steadfastly refuses to release the modern Perversion files—from 1985-2011, who really knows the scope or the scale of the problem?  BSA alone.  And, I’m sorry, when BSA asks us, essentially, to trust them that they are taking care of things, my response is: “Uh, I don’t think so. We did that once in this society, and it didn’t work out very well for tens of thousands of boys.  How about we ask Congress to find out what is really going on?”  We are still waiting for an answer from the Scouts on this.

Here is an excellent article listing many recent instances of Scout leader abuse of boys. So I just don’t buy it when BSA says that it’s all better now.

Kelly Clark

About Kelly Clark

Most centrally, for nearly twenty years, Kelly Clark was a leading advocate for victims of ...