IL- Boy Scout Officials forced to release “perversion files”; reveals hundreds of scout officials accused of child abuse in Illinois
When the Boy Scouts’ “perversion files” were court ordered to be released yesterday, thousands of cases of child abuse and cover-ups were made public. In Illinois alone, roughly 283 Boy Scout officials are accused of abuse.
We are sad and disappointed that Boy Scout officials spent so much time and energy working to keep this information secret. How many children could have been kept safe if scout officials had done the right thing and reported child abuse right away?
We are glad that lawyers like Kelly Clark and Paul Mones did not give up in their effort to get the Boy Scouts’ secret documents released to the public. When parents and the general public are made aware of massive cover-ups and child abuse, they can take the proper steps to protect children.
No child should ever be put in danger. We hope that Boy Scout officials and everyone working with children will learn from this and do the right thing.
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50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.