Ex-Boy Scout Trial Exposes Group’s “Pervert” Cover-up [Video]
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. Released in January 2013, he’s not the only sexual predator who was drawn to the organization, targeting it to gain access to children.
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.