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Report: Boy Scouts’ ‘perversion files’ tracked suspected homosexuals

Monday, October 15, 2012

For years, the Boy Scouts of America has secretly kept detailed records of suspected homosexual scoutmasters and volunteers alongside suspected child molesters, in what the organization referred to as the “perversion files.”

The files, which number in the thousands, were compiled to make sure pedophiles were kicked out and stayed out of Scouting, according to a investigative report by Seattle’s KING-TV.

Deron Smith, Director of Communications for the Boy Scouts, said the records exist to help carry out the organization’s long standing policy of excluding gay people from Scouting.

The “perversion files”, also known as the “ineligible volunteer files” came to light through a handful of civil court cases against the BSA, including some claims in Seattle. Lawyers representing alleged abuse victims say the collection of files proves that top Scouting officials knew by the 1960′s that pedophiles were gaining access to victims through Scouting, yet they failed to institute policies to protect their young, vulnerable Scouts until the 1980′s.

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“Not all of the files pertain to sexual abuse. The Ineligible Volunteer Files are essentially a “list” of people who do not meet BSA’s standards because of various types of alleged or proven inappropriate conduct either inside or outside Scouting, including – but not limited to – theft, substance abuse, immoral conduct, criminal convictions, or known or suspected child abuse,” said Smith.

But according to KING-TV, within the secret files on suspected molesters are files on leaders who are gay.

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The Boy Scouts have been under intense pressure to rescind its long-standing policy against gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout masters and volunteers.

In July, the Boy Scouts said it plans to keep in place the controversial policy

An 11-member special committee, formed discreetly by top Scout leaders in 2010, “came to the conclusion that this policy is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts,” Smith told the Associated Press.

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6 more reader comments:

  1. I went to Boy Scouts once and I was out of the closet a year before I joined. Tbh I didn’t touch anyone in a way but I just wanted to get away from the house that’s all.

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 11:04am
  2. William, I could relate to finding ways to get out of the house. I developed PTSD from my home. Ugh childhood can really suck….

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 11:14am
  3. I think this story its funny as hell. The man who wrote Child Protection, about 10 or 12 years ago, was busted for having over 30,000 images and videos of young boys in sexual situations. I wonder if he’s on file?

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 11:17am
  4. Child Protection? Is that a book of lies made to defame LGBTs?

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 2:14pm
  5. No it’s actually meant to teach children how to protect themselves against predators.

    Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 3:49pm
  6. just like Edgar Hoover did with others. Secret files. Shamefull

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 3:24am