More than 12,000 Boy Scouts are believed to be survivors of sexual abuse. Lawyers are accusing the Boy Scouts of American of hiding the names of more than 7,800 predatory scout leaders and volunteers.
“They may have taken [abusers] out of a leadership position, or they may not have, but they never alerted the community,” Attorney Jeff Anderson stated. “They’re your neighbor, your teacher, your electrician…”
Names of abusers are being held by the BSA in files dating back to 1944. The names come from a volunteer screening database, which lists employees who are banned for violating Scout policies, including allegations of sexual abuse. The names of most of the alleged abusers have not been released nor have the locations of where the leaders and volunteers worked.
Two law firms that are representing survivors released the names of nearly 200 alleged abusers in New York and New Jersey, which they found from public documents and settlements.
“This is about the institution failing to do the right thing,” Attorney Greg Gianforcaro said. “Failing to disclose the names. It shouldn’t be us disclosing these names.”
The existence of a list of abusers was first reported in 2012. The organization released the names of 1,247 suspected abusers in response to a lawsuit in Oregon.