Well, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled a few months ago that the files must be made public. The LA Times finished up an exhaustive analysis of the documents and their conclusion is, sadly, not a surprise. The files detail how the scouts had a system, like the Catholic Church, of working within the organization to exclude or transfer accused child molesters, but would not report crimes to the police. In at least 50 cases, the Boy Scouts expelled suspected abusers from the organization, but later discovered that the suspects had rejoined the scouts as volunteers and were accused of molesting again.
The Oregon scout that kicked this all off, Kerry Lewis, fought an emotionally difficult court case and was awarded $20 million for the crimes against him. For hundreds of other people whose stories are told in the files, there will likely be no justice.
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