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In summation, they wrote "The Boy Scouts are a magnet for men who want to have sexual relations with children...Pedophiles join the Scouts for a simple reason: it's where the boys are." The newspaper discovered that 1,151 Scouts reported being abused by their leaders during the studied 19-year period, mostly before the implementation of the Youth Protection Plan.
where a BSA leader pleaded guilty to "serious morals" violations involving Scouts.All of a sudden, it's gotten blown out of the water and the public knows that the Scouts have had this problem, too -- just like the Catholic Church." The trial provided a rare opportunity for an American jury to view confidential files held by BSA, although BSA had fought to keep the files secret.They showed BSA knowledge of abuse dated back to the 1920s.Kenneth Lannings, the FBI agent who helped develop the BSA's Youth Protection Plan, wrote that "A skilled pedophile who can get children into a situation where they must change clothing or stay with him overnight will almost always succeed in seducing them." BSA adopted the following policies to provide additional barriers to child abuse within scouting.These policies are primarily for the protection of its youth members; however, they also serve to protect its adult leaders from false accusations of abuse.
In 2010, the jury on the case held in favor of the plaintiff and ordered that the Scouts pay $18.5 million as punishment for their actions—the largest punitive damages awarded to a single plaintiff in a child abuse case in the US.