The Boy Scouts of America hid sex abuse committed among its ranks over more than twenty years, according to the Los Angeles Times. The paper reviewed instances of abuse documented in confidential files that date from the years 1970 to 1991, part of a collection of files maintained by the organization that chronicles allegations of molestation going back decades. The Times reported that in 80 percent of the cases documented in the years it obtained files for, the alleged abuse was never reported to law enforcement. The paper also reported that in several instances alleged sex abusers were able to circumvent the Boy Scouts’ blacklist and remain active in the organization.
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