From the Associated Press:
Internal documents from the Boy Scouts of America reveal more than 125 cases in which men suspected of molestation allegedly continued to abuse Scouts, despite a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators.
So, uh, that whole “no gay men in order to protect kids from child molestation” plan is working out really well, huh?
An internal blacklist is not a bad idea, in its place; I know of several organizations that have similar lists. Many of the cases were evidently reported to the police, so it wasn’t used instead of the criminal justice system. And there are many cases where the evidence is insufficient to convict but perfectly sufficient to make one incredibly leery of leaving the person alone with children– not to mention that survivors may not want to report to the police but will be quite happy to ensure that the abuser gets kicked out of Boy Scouts.
But, you know, the internal blacklist only works if you use it. If you don’t document or report abuse, if you don’t check the blacklist, it’s exactly like you don’t have one, except that you get to handwave that you’re doing all you can so all of these people seriously need to stop getting upset about the more than 125 boys that were abused because you fucked up.
Also, the fact that the Boy Scouts fought the release of the documents up to the Supreme Court level smacks of “organization desperately trying to cover its ass” to me. I mean, sure, privacy concerns… but if you redact the names, locations, and other identifying details, the important information (how many children were abused, why it happened) is still there, and the privacy risk is slim to none. Boy Scouts, you fucked up. It’s time to re-examine yourselves and create a new process that won’t have children being abused again and again because of motherfucking clerical errors.
And while we’re at it can you let queer people and atheists in? Thank you. You appear to be doing a terrible enough job running the place by yourselves, it’s not like we’d make it worse.