Full disclosure is the best response to scout scandal

October 28, 2012 • Editorial

Wayne Perry, president of the Boy Scouts of America, has said his organization handled things badly and has changed its ways. The organization has instituted more stringent screening and training procedures for volunteers. It will be holding a National Youth Protection Symposium in Atlanta next week. And that’s all well and good. The Scouts’ procedures have improved immeasurably.

But the Boy Scouts are still refusing to release all of the organization’s documents related to the “perversion files” scandal, whose ugly fingers have reached across the country. It required a court order to learn that scoutmasters and others accused of molesting children were often quietly removed from the Scouts and sometimes shielded from the public and law enforcement.

Those documents need to be released. Maintaining walls around the truth will only make things worse for the institution and the victims.

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