Scouts in abuse crisis


The Scouting movement is fighting to keep secret thousands of ”perversion files” on suspected child molesters after it was ordered to pay record damages over sexual abuse of a former scout. The Boy Scouts of America have been accused of covering up decades of child abuse. Last week, an Oregon jury ordered the Scouts to pay $18.5 million ($A20 million) in an abuse case after the judge overruled the Scouts’ attempts to keep the jury from seeing about 1200 files kept by the organisation on suspected paedophiles.  Lawyers are now suing to have the files made public.