Author Says "The Cover-up of Child Abuse May be Rife in Our Society"

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Nick Bryant, author of two books on the precarious status of America’s children and an expert on child trafficking and sexual abuse, says the latest child abuse cover-up by the Boy Scouts, as reported in the Los Angeles Times, is unfortunately only the latest variation on a theme of abuse and cover-ups by respected organizations

Organizational malfeasance involves willful neglect, tampering with evidence, and even victim intimidation, because the prosperity and good name of the organization is put about the welfare of children.

Nick Bryant, author of two books on the precarious status of America’s children and an expert on child trafficking and sexual abuse, says the latest child abuse cover-up by the Boy Scouts, as reported in the September 16 edition of the Los Angeles Times, is unfortunately only the latest variation on a theme of abuse and cover-ups by respected organizations that include, churches, The Second Mile Foundation, athletic programs, etc.

According to the LA Times: The Boy Scouts of America have failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid the allegations from parents and the public. A Los Angeles Times review of 1,600 confidential files dating from 1970 to 1991 has found that Scouting officials frequently urged admitted offenders to quietly resign — and helped many cover their tracks.

Bryant declares: Although witch-hunt hysteria is to be avoided when these accusations come to light, it is important to consider that the cover-up of child abuse may be rife in our society. Sexual-abuse victims are often very reluctant to come forward, because they are frequently branded as liars, opportunists, and gold diggers. Such denunciations were quickly leveled against the victims of Penn State's Jerry Sandusky and Syracuse University's Bernie Fine. Bryant took seven years to research and write The Franklin Scandal, one of the few commercially published books on child abuse networks and trafficking in America, and it documents how socially influential individuals trafficked disadvantaged children. He can provide the following corollaries to the Boy Scouts Cover up:

•The victimized children are generally lower socio economic kids.

•The perpetrator often has a strong personality, high standing in the community, and tends to believe he/she is above the law.

•The endemic abuse tends to get covered up by communal denial and the cult of personality surrounding the perpetrators

•Organizational malfeasance involves willful neglect, tampering with evidence, and even victim intimidation, because the prosperity and good name of the organization is put about the welfare of children.

  • Whistleblowers often find themselves the subject of threats, and discrediting “campaigns.”

In an interview, he can also discuss the following:

1. The similarity between the recent Boy Scouts’ scandal, the Penn State case, and other related news stories in the U.S.
2. The profile of the child who is victimized
3. The profile of the person organizing the network or utilizing the network
4. The top things to look for when a cover-up is beginning
5. What is likely to happen to whistleblowers in these cases
6. The top things communities need to demand to stop this abuse

Bryant’s writing on the plight of disadvantaged children in the United States has been published in numerous national journals, including the Journal of Professional Ethics, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Social Distress and Homelessness, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and Journal of School Health. He is the co-author of America’s Children: Triumph of Tragedy, addressing the medical and developmental problems of lower socio-economic children in America.

The Franklin Scandal is published by TrineDay

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For interviews contact:

Cheron Brylski 504.897.6110 / cbrylski(at)aol(dot)com
or
Nick Bryant (917) 405-3584
or
Kris Millegan (800) 556-2012 / publisher(at)trineday(dot)com

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