RedTracker| Closing arguments begin today in a Portland, Ore sex abuse case against the Boy Scouts of America, which is accused of institutionally covering up sex abuse problems for years. Admitted into the trial are more than 1,000 pages of so-called perversion files, the alleged name given by the Boy Scouts of America to files that documents sex abuse allegations against Scout leaders over the years.
“The Boy Scouts of America haven’t lost a big suit in a long time, they have been fairly successful in keeping the national corporation insulated from blame,” said Patrick Boyle, who is a researcher of scout abuse for more than 20 years, author of “Scout’s Honor: Sexual Abuse in America’s Most Trusted Institution” and also the current editor of Youth Today. “But these perversion files are an ugly thing and are the skeleton in their closet.” via ABC News
The perversion files were admitted into evidence only once previously, contributing to a major financial award by the jury.