Lawsuit Seeks "Perversion Files"

Lawsuit Seeks "Perversion Files"

Parents say knowledge may have prevented sexual assaults of Boy Scouts.
(WFLA)  A Florida attorney says Sarasota Boy Scouts were sexually assaulted by fellow troop members while camping.

Now, he's fighting for the release of secret files.

The attorney says the Boy Scouts of America keeps records of all boy-on-boy sexual assaults dating back for years.

The victims' families feel this information can prevent these crimes from reoccurring.

Attorney Damien Mallard is representing three boys who were allegedly sexually assaulted by two troop members in 2007 and 2009.

Mallard says the Boy Scouts of America keeps records on all of these attacks. He calls them "perversion files".

"The Boy Scouts of America did not disseminate that information to any of these boys, to their parents, to the troop leaders, to anybody," said Mallard.

Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith released a statement:

"The abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who may be a victim of this type of reprehensible behavior. While we can't comment on the lawsuit, we extend our deepest sympathies to those involved. The safety of our youth members is of paramount importance.  Recognizing that youth protection requires sustained vigilance, the BSA was on the forefront of developing youth protection policies and continues to develop and enhance efforts to protect youth through clear policies, as well as training and education programs for scouts, parents, and adult volunteers.  The BSA has continuously enhanced its multi-tiered policies and procedures, which include background checks, comprehensive training programs, and safety policies, like requiring all members to report even suspicions of abuse directly to local law enforcement."

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