Perversion Files


Since at least 1919, the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica has maintained a group of files known as “red files”, “perversion files” or “ineligible volunteer files” in­ten­ded to keep sexu­al ab­users, among oth­ers, out of its ranks. The re­cords have been closely held by the Scouts, which con­tends that con­fid­en­ti­al­ity is es­sen­tial to pro­tect vic­tims, wit­nesses and any­one falsely ac­cused.

There are three main sources for the data­base:
- About 1,900 files from 1970 to 1991 pro­duced as evid­ence in a 1992 Cali­for­nia law­suit
- About 1,200 case files from an over­lap­ping time peri­od — 1965 to 1985 — re­leased on or­der of the Ore­gon Su­preme Court
- And sum­mary data on about 3,100 ad­di­tion­al files from 1947 to Janu­ary 2005.  

Both the case sum­mar­ies and the 1970-to-1991 files were provided to the Los Angeles Times by plaintiffs’ at­tor­ney Timothy Kos­noff. Taken to­geth­er, the data­base ac­counts for all of the Boy Scouts’ sur­viv­ing files as of Janu­ary 2005.

An un­known num­ber of files were des­troyed by the Boy Scouts between the 1970s and the 1990s, and an un­known num­ber of ad­di­tion­al cases have been cre­ated since 2005.

has not been re­leased pub­licly by the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica.

In many of the in­cid­ents de­scribed, no crim­in­al charges were filed, mean­ing the al­leg­a­tions were nev­er heard in crim­in­al court.  Case files re­leased by the court have vic­tims’ names and identi­fy­ing in­form­a­tion re­dac­ted.

NOTE: We are diligently processing perpetrators whose information has not yet been completed. As of March 2024, we currently have over 15,000 perpetrators to process and tag to categories such as the one you're viewing now.

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