More than 40 Western Pennsylvania men were included on the Boy Scouts "ineligible volunteer files" released recently. Dubbed the "perversion files," the list includes more than 5,000 people that the Boy Scouts considered abusive and, thus, ineligible to volunteer. It is not, however, a list of the people who have been prosecuted for sexual abuse. Instead, the list was never released to the public and the Boy Scouts did not report many of the allegations to the police.
The Boy Scouts itself estimates that approximately one third of the incidents went unreported.
"There have been instances where people misused their positions in scouting to abuse children and in certain cases, our response to these incidents and our efforts to protect youth were plainly insufficient, inappropriate or wrong," the President of the Boy Scouts' national chapter said. "Where those involved in Scouting failed to protect, or worse, inflicted harm on children, we extend our deepest and sincere apologies to victims and their families."