Keeping secrets about horrible crimes such as this shows a gross neglect of responsibility to protect our children.
Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) October 22, 2012
Boy Scouts of America were forced to release 14,500 pages of secret "perversion files" Thursday October 19th by order of the Oregon Supreme Court. The files reveal numerous instances of sexual predation against young boys by Boy Scout leaders which were not reported to authorities in an effort to protect the good name of Scouting. According to a recent investigation by Jason Felch and Kim Christensen at the LA Times, "the confidential files reveal the names of 1,200 suspected pedophiles". In affect these actions were quietly shielding the scout masters and other accused of molesting children from prosecution while the victims suffered in silence.
The LA Times research also shows the 14,500 pages of documentation released were kept at Boy Scout headquarters in Texas and are part of a much larger collection that has been compiled since 1910. The files consist of notes, hand written letters from parents and victims and news paper clippings concerning court litigation. There is an ongoing legal battle as the Boy Scouts of America attempt to keep the rest of the files secret. The files released show approximately one third of the cases in the files were never reported to authorities.
Mr. Rasansky, a leading attorney in the Dallas area who pursues justice for victims of nursing home and daycare abuse who has taken on many similar high profile cases stated “Sexual abuse is devastating and often has far-reaching and lasting effects on victims. Keeping secrets about horrible crimes such as this shows a gross neglect of responsibility to protect our children. These victims deserve justice,” says Dallas’ Jeff Rasansky, an award winning attorney whose firm pursues justice for victims of nursing home and daycare abuse and has taken on many similar high profile cases.
In many instances the documents uncover cases that are well beyond the statute of limitations to sue the Boy Scouts of America but do allow for litigation against those who carried out abuse themselves. It is possible there are many victims across the U.S. who are not listed in the files that will now be able to come forward without fear of retribution or embarrassment. The Boy Scouts of America have issued statements of apology and claim they have stronger safeguards in place today than in the recent past.
Victims of sexual abuse by anybody within the Boy Scouts of America, or any other organization tasked with the care of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens, should consult an experienced Boy Scout lawsuit attorney to discuss their legal options.
About Rasansky Law Firm
The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm offers free legal consultation for victims of sexual abuse by the Boy Scouts of America. Jeff Rasansky is the managing partner at Rasansky Law Firm and has more than 20 years experience representing victims of abuse. Rasansky Law Firm is based in Dallas, Texas and has built a national reputation for excellence by providing quality representation and the highest level of personal service. The law firm is also part of the exclusive 1-800 ATTORNEY network.
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