This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the institution known as The Boy Scouts of America. It’s also the year that one of the largest trials against the institution is being held. On Wednesday, a child molestation case against the Scouts began. By the end of the trial, the prosecution hopes to uncover the extensive archive of confidential documents being held by the Scouts that apparently reveals years and years of sexual abuse and molestation.
These documents are commonly known in the Scouts as the “perversion files”. Kelly Clark is the lawyer for a man who was molested in the 1980′s. He has reportedly obtained at least 1,000 of these sex files and plans on revealing them in court. If the prosecution comes out on top of this case, their findings would prove how well the institution has covered up decades of wrong-doing. The last trial of this nature (where other “perversion files” were released) was in Virginia sometime in the 1980′s.
In his opening statement, Clark claimed that “the Boy Scouts of America ignored clear warning signs that Boy Scouts were being abused”. At this point, the defense lawyer, Charles Smith, has said that these files were kept secret because they “were replete with confidential information”, and they were used to find sexual predators and remove them from the organization. Smith continued by adding that “they were trying to do the right thing by trying to track these folks”.
Over the years, the Boy Scouts have given much business to ski resorts around the country. The Scouts routinely take trips together to promote bonding, teamwork, and to learn about nature and their surroundings. Some of the apparent molestation being discussed in this case may have occurred on one of these trips. We have not heard back yet as to whether or not any ski resort officials will be present as witnesses in this trial.