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Inside the Boy Scouts' 'Perversion Files'

Los Angeles Times reporters spent a year delving into confidential files on suspected sexual abusers — files that had been locked away for decades by the Boy Scouts of America. What follows is a series of groundbreaking stories on the files, along with the most comprehensive database of the cases ever published, including 1,900 files and 3,100 case summaries spanning 1947 through 2005. Explore the database and map:

Boy Scouts failed to report abuser

Boy Scouts: Records emerging on decades-old cases point to former lax handling of molestation incidents by the Boy Scouts of America and Canadian Scouts.

Boy Scout files reveal repeat child abuse by sexual predators

Los Angeles Times review of Boy Scout documents shows that a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators too often failed in its mission.

Court upholds order requiring Boy Scouts to release files

A Santa Barbara judge had told the Boy Scouts to turn over two decades of confidential files on alleged sexual abuse. The Scouts say they'll appeal.

Boy Scouts' opposition to background checks let pedophiles in

Boy Scouts of America fought the trend of adopting criminal background checks for volunteers and staff, which allowed convicted child sex offenders to join.

Release of Boy Scouts files stirs memories of sexual abuse

Dozens of men contact the Los Angeles Times to describe how events detailed in the long-hidden documents shaped their lives.

Wisconsin medical board targets pediatrician who molested Scouts

The Boy Scouts expelled Dr. Thomas Kowalski in 1987 and reported him to authorities, but the victims did not press charges. He continued to work with children.

Geography determines justice for Scout abuse victims

Statutes of limitation vary by state, allowing some alleged victims to win damages, while others have no recourse.

In Scouting reports, a pattern of molestation

There is no single profile of a predator, but an analysis of confidential files shows 'grooming behavior,' a gradual seduction of children.

Boy Scouts helped alleged molesters cover tracks, files show

Over two decades, the Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid allegations from the public.

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