Boy Scouts organization conducts self-review of sexual predator 'blacklist'

Boy Scouts organization conducts self-review of sexual predator 'blacklist'

The Boy Scout Oath: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” This oath has been uttered by countless boys as part of a tradition stretching back to the organization’s founding in 1910.

While many people, including astronaut Neil Armstrong, praise the Boy Scouts as an organization worthy of its mission – a mission to teach young people responsible citizenship and character development – there are others who have been critical of the organization, especially when it comes to child molestation, a crime of sexual abuse.

As Jason Felch reports for the Los Angeles Times, there’s a pile of files containing allegations of sexual abuse perpetrated against boys going back 47 years, and in these files, it appears as though Scout officials covered up some of the incidents.

On the other hand, Felch’s report indicates there are more than one million adults who volunteer, and only a “tiny fraction” of those adults end up getting kicked out of Scouts for sexual abuse.

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