Book Shows How a Revered Youth Group let Molesters Thrive

How does a pedophile join a youth group, molest kids despite warning signs and get everyone to keep quiet after he’s caught? Those questions are more are answered in the first book to examine how child molesters found success in one of America’s most revered youth organizations. 

At a time of nonstop sex abuse scandals in churches, schools, youth groups and sports leagues, Scout's Honor examines the phenomenon of institutional sex abuse through one group: the Boy Scouts of America. The book’s mission: Explore how good people inadvertently enable child molesters at the expense of children. 

To find the answer, a veteran journalist reaches back to the beginning of Scouting more than 100 years ago; combs through nearly 2,000 of the BSA’s “Confidential Files” on molesters, and thousands of documents from court files and historical archives; and talks with molesters, victims, parents, Scout officials, investigators and child abuse experts.

But Scout’s Honor is also a personal story. It delves into the life one on of Scouting’s most notorious sex offenders – tracing his struggles as a child victim, a gifted young man with a horrendous addiction, a patient crying to be cured, and a prisoner racked by guilt. 

The first edition of Scout’s Honor broke the story of sex abuse in the Boy Scouts in the 1990s, setting off a chain of revelations that continue today. The updated edition is now available for the first time on Amazon Kindle. See it here.

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