Saturday, April 24, 2010

Homophobic Boy Scouts' Sexual Abuse Scandal

     Well the Catholic Church isn't the only Christian organization covering up the sexual abuse of minors.  The Boy Scouts of America has been hiding their pedophiles for years as well.  Yes, that's the same Boy Scouts that had their right to discriminate against homosexauls upheld by the United States Supreme Court (Boy Scouts v. Dale, 2000). 

     Click here to find out how youth can tell the scouts that they disagree with their discriminatory policies.

     The Boy Scouts of America were ordered Friday to pay $18.5 million in a lawsuit that has focused new attention on the secret files the Scouts keep to document claims of sexual abuse by troop leaders and volunteers.
     Known variously as the “perversion files,” the “red flag files” and the “ineligible volunteer files,” the documents have been maintained for more than 70 years at the Scouts’ national office in Texas. Yet even after scores of abuse cases against the Scouts in recent decades, the case here is one of the few times that substantial portions of the files have been made accessible to a jury.
     In Multnomah County Circuit Court on Friday, a jury found the Scouts liable for $18.5 million in punitive damages in a case brought by a man who was sexually abused by an assistant troop leader in the early 1980s, when the man was about 12. The verdict was by far the largest ever against the Scouts in a jury trial. The jury could have ordered the Scouts to pay up to $25 million. The same jury last week awarded the man, Kerry Lewis, $1.4 million in compensatory damages.
     The BBC reports:
     When he was aged 11 or 12, Mr Lewis was abused in Portland by a former assistant scoutmaster, Timur Dykes. Dykes, now 53, was later convicted three times of sexually abusing boys, and served time in prison. The jury found that Dykes had been allowed to associate with scouts despite admitting to a BSA official in 1983 that he had molested 17 boys.
Photo from BBC.  Cartoon from Rudy Park.

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