Ex-Boy Scout Trial Exposes Group’s “Pervert” Cover-up [Video]

Posted January 28, 2013 in Crime Litigation Personal Injury Video by


Although it’s the motto of the Boy Scouts — the organization was NOT so “prepared” in protecting its members against sexual child abuse. 

Lawyers.com journalist John McCarthy introduces you to Douglas Sovereign Smith, a convicted sex offender and the former national chair of the Youth Protection Task Force for the Boy Scouts of America child molestation

You’ll meet Kerry Lewis, of Portland, Ore. He had the courage to take on the Boy Scouts, after being victimized by a child molester. He explains his motivation for suing one of the country’s most well-known youth organizations.

Gilion Dumas, a partner at O’Donnell Clark & Crew LLP, was part of the legal team representing Kerry in winning a jury verdict of almost $20 million. She says the Boy Scouts failed to protect Kerry from a Scout leader whom they knew was a pedophile. The lawsuit forced the organization to release 15,000 pages of files, detailing sexual accusations against Scout leaders. The organization, itself, referred to the documents as “the perversion files.” 

You’ll also hear the Boy Scouts’ position, defending itself as a leader among youth-serving organizations in preventing child abuse. 

Dumas says the Lewis lawsuit forced accountability. But watch our Lawyers.com video to hear why she says the sexual abuse problems in the Boy Scouts are far from over.

Visit our website at Lawyers.com for more information or for legal counsel to redress child sexual abuse. 

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