Boy Scouts of America Release ‘Perversion Files,’ Philadelphia Lawyers at Console & Hollawell Comment on Legal Implications for Abuse Victims

With the release of the ‘perversion files’ the Boy Scouts of America has revealed just how long it’s known about scout leaders preying on young boys in their ranks. One of those alleged victims, now an adult man living in the Philadelphia area, has filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania Eastern District Court (#5:2012cv05823) against the Boy Scouts and former scoutmaster claiming they did little to protect him as a boy from a known predator mentioned in the organization’s secret internal documents.

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Sexual abuse of any kind can have impacts on every aspect of life from interactions with loved ones to permanent changes in social behavior.

Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) December 14, 2012

With the release of the ‘perversion files’ the Boy Scouts of America has revealed just how long it’s known about scout leaders preying on young boys in their ranks. One of those alleged victims, now an adult man living in the Philadelphia area, has filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania Eastern District Court (#5:2012cv05823) against the Boy Scouts and former scoutmaster claiming they did little to protect him as a boy from a known predator mentioned in the organization’s secret internal documents. The suit also alleges the national scout office approved the appointment of the scoutmaster who allegedly assaulted the boy when he was part of the Chester County troop.* Philadelphia personal injury attorney Richard P. Console Jr. is outraged that it took so long for these files to be made public, and that the delay may have contributed to the harm of children.

“Organizations that involve children have a duty to protect those kids from harm and that includes thoroughly investigating anyone coming in close contact with them,” said Console. “To allegedly handle issues involving adults preying on children internally, instead of immediately going to the police, has the appearance of negligence. The damage done to these children, who are now adults, cannot be estimated easily.”

The ‘perversion’ or ‘ineligible volunteer files’ have been in existence since the 1920s, according to the New York Times.** The files were reportedly a system of internal controls to keep known abusers from children by preventing them from rejoining the Boy Scouts. The network of documents reportedly had many holes and repeatedly failed to keep abusers from accessing children, especially in circumstances where predators crossed state lines, the New York Times** stated. While the NBC News article* claims the Boy Scouts have reported most of the names contained in those files to authorities, that action comes long after alleged sexual assaults reportedly took place.

The NBC News article* also states that many of the alleged abusers named in the Boy Scout files live in the Philadelphia area. Console, whose firm has handled abuse cases since 1994, believes there are more victims out there who may be hesitant to come forward.

“Justice for the victims is what’s most important,” he said. “Sexual abuse of any kind can have impacts on every aspect of life from interactions with loved ones to permanent changes in social behavior. Compensating them for their significant injuries is only the beginning of the process in fully determining just what allegedly went on at the Boy Scouts of America.”

Boy Scout files, covering incidents from 1965 through 1985, reportedly contain 15,000 pages of detailed accounts of 1,247 scout leaders suspected of sexually abuse scouts, according to the New York Times.**

Console & Hollawell P.C. is a Philadelphia personal injury law firm that represents victims of sexual abuse. Richard P. Console Jr., managing partner of firm, has won multiple awards for excellence in the personal injury field as well as admittance to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

*http://www.nbcnews.com/id/50175345/ns/local_news-philadelphia_pa/#.UMixGnfDvbM

**http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/19/us/boy-scout-documents-reveal-decades-of-sexual-abuse.html?pagewanted=all