According to an article by the Los Angeles Times‘
The alleged perpetrator, Al Steven Stein, went to prison for molesting three boys, including a 13 year-old Scout. The files released through this ruling would have assisted in the civil trial against this registered sex offender and the Boy Scouts of America. The abused boy was a member of Troop 36 in Goleta, CA in the Los Padres Council of the BSA.
The files, which document Boy Scout leaders and volunteers who have been banned from working for the organization because of various abuses, including physical and sexual abuse, have been kept since the late 1920s. In 2012, Kelly Clark helped in getting over 1200 of the ineligible volunteer files–from 1965 to 1985– released to the public.
Covarrubias contacted attorney Steve Crew, a leading advocate representing childhood sexual abuse survivors against institutions of trust like the Boy Scouts of America, to get his opinion:
Steve Crew, a plaintiff’s attorney in the Portland, Ore., case, said the Scouts may have settled the Santa Barbara County case because molestation continues to be a serious issue in the organization.
“Those files would show if this is still a problem and if this is still going on,” Crew said. “I suspect it’s still going on because the Boy Scouts still haven’t changed their policies. They don’t want [the files] to ever get out.”
To view the 1965-1985 Boy Scouts’ Perversion Files, click here.
As advocates for child sexual abuse survivors, we have seen how important it is to have those files available to the public, as it is one of the best ways for survivors to look up the records of their abusers. Having another 16 years of information available for public review could help other people who have been abused find information to bring justice to the perpetrators of their pain and lost childhoods.
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