More than 14,000 pages of secret "perversion files" from the Boy Scouts of America were released Thursday by order of the Oregon Supreme Court, revealing that "again and again, decade after decade, an array of authorities — police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors, and local Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters and others accused of molesting children." They did so to protect "the good name of Scouting," says The Associated Press, allowing "sexual predators to go free while victims suffered in silence." The files consist of memos from local and national Scout executives, handwritten letters from victims and their parents — all across the U.S. — and newspaper clippings about legal cases. The files contain details about proven molesters, but also unsubstantiated allegations.
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