"Scouts' Honor," The Post Register
Read Peter Zuckerman's original 6-part series on a pedophile in a Boy Scout camp outside of Idaho Falls.
5,100 Boy Scout Leaders Removed for Sexual Abuse, CBS News, 08/28/07
A pair of Seattle brothers who are suing the Boy Scouts recently won the release to their lawyers of decades worth of Scout files on alleged molesters. These formerly private documents reveal that since 1946, over 5,100 Scout leaders have been removed for molestation allegations. This CBS News report features the brothers and their attorney.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
The cover story of the Spring 2007 (Vol. 31, No. 2) issue of the RCFP publication The News Media & The Law is about successful attempts by several newspapers, including the Seattle Times, the Miami Herald, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, to discover how many sealed cases there are in their state and local systems – and to get them opened. The issue includes a sidebar of "Tips for covering sealed cases," as well as commentary on why the public should care about sealed cases.
The Society for Professional Journalists
The Freedom of Information Act does not cover federal courts, but this portion of SPJ's primer on "Open Doors: Accessing Government Records" answers basic questions about what rights journalists and the public nevertheless have to court records.
THE BOY SCOUTS AND THE MORMONS
Boy Scouts of America
The largest youth organization in the United States, Boy Scouts of America aims at preparing "every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law." Despite their youth protection programs , the Boy Scouts of America have faced several lawsuits for allegations that they did not do enough to prevent child molestations in Scout camps in Idaho and elsewhere.
Grand Teton Council
The Grand Teton Council is a division of the Boy Scouts of America, serving Scouts in both Idaho and Wyoming. Brad Stowell was working as a program director in one of the Grand Teton Council's camps, Camp Little Lemhi, when he was arrested in 1997 for molesting Scouts.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Commonly called the Mormon Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is one of the major sponsors of the Boy Scouts of America. The LDS has an over 90-year history with the Scouting movement in America, with much of the current LDS Scouting affiliations in western and central United States and Canada. Click on the link [Mormon.org] to learn more about the Church's teaching regarding the family, the nature of God, and the purpose of life, as well as its views on topics like abuse and homosexuality.
National Alert Registry - Registered Offenders List
The National Alert Registry offers a comprehensive list of data on registered sex offenders, including color pictures, full names and aliases, full addresses, and information on their convictions. With a one-time $10 fee, you can find out if a sex offender lives near you or someone you know. Tips on how to protect children from pedophiles are also available on this website.
Prevent Child Abuse
This nonprofit organization aims at raising awarness on child abuse in the United States, throughout a comprehensive list of programs, initiatives and events nationwide. Visit this site to find out what you can do to recognize, stop and prevent child abuse.