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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Parliament votes down same-sex marriage - ABC Online

A bill allowing same-sex marriage was voted against in the House of Representatives a short while after Liberal senator Cory Bernardi resigned as a parliamentary secretary over comments linking gay marriage with bestiality.

LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Marriage equality has been roundly defeated in the Federal Parliament by 98 votes to 42. Along the way it claimed a scalp of a controversial Coalition frontbencher. Senator Cory Bernardi resigned for saying passage of the bill could lead to bestiality one day being recognised as marriage. His departure was designed to send a broader message to Coalition troops that the leader won't tolerate anything that diverts the party from its main game. Political editor Chris Uhlmann reports.

CHRIS UHLMANN, REPORTER: There is no more conservative warrior in Parliament than South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi.

CORY BERNARDI, LIBERAL SENATOR: At that stage, I was one of many that said this was another step that would undermine marriage.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Last night he stepped up to speak for tradition in the same-sex marriage debate.

CORY BERNARDI: And today we see the next step taking place. It is another push, and it's not the first one. It won't be the last one, I'm sure - another push for same sex marriage.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The trajectory was clear.

CORY BERNARDI: What is the next step? The next step, quite frankly, is having three people that love each other should be able to enter into a permanent union endorsed by society, or four people.

CHRIS UHLMANN: But it was the conclusion that caused the difficulty.

CORY BERNARDI: There are even some creepy people out there, and I say creepy, who are afforded, unfortunately, a great deal more respect than I believe they should, who say that, you know, it's OK to have consensual sexual relations between humans and animals. And, you know, is that - will that be a future step? Will that be one of the things that say, well, you know, these two creatures love each other, you know, maybe they should be able to join in a union.

CHRIS UHLMANN: By morning the Greens were demanding his head.

CHRISTINE MILNE, GREENS LEADER: I am calling on Tony Abbott to disassociate himself from the views that are being expressed by Cory Bernardi and to sack him.

CHRIS UHLMANN: And they weren't alone.

MALCOLM TURNBULL, SHADOW COMMUNICATIONS SPOKESMAN: It's more than hysterical, it's bizarre, and it's incredibly offensive.

CHRIS UHLMANN: There's history here. When he was leader, Malcolm Turnbull sacked Cory Bernardi for a blog attacking fellow South Australian Christopher Pyne and Mr Pyne and Senator Bernardi's hatred for each other is legendary.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: And I don't want people to think that they represent the views of the Liberal Party. They do not.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The effect of Malcolm Turnbull's intervention was to lift the pressure on Tony Abbott to act, and on 891 ABC Adelaide, the senator was compounding the problem. He rang in to defend his comments, interrupting a regular segment that involved Christopher Pyne.

CORY BERNARDI (on ABC Radio 891): Well then there are any number of people who will feel disgruntled and concerned that their lifestyle choices are not being accepted. And already we've had ...

RADIO COMPERE: Including if your lifestyle choice, if you could describe it as that, is to have sex with animals? Are you seriously suggesting that?

CORY BERNARDI: Let's just deal with polyandry for a moment. We've had ...

RADIO COMPERE: Well, no, you raised animals though as well.

CORY BERNARDI: Yeah, indeed, and I'll get to that in just a moment.

CHRIS UHLMANN: It was all over by lunch time.

TONY ABBOTT, OPPOSITION LEADER: Last night Senator Cory Bernardi made some ill-disciplined comments to the Senate. He compounded the offence by repeating these comments on radio today. I had a conversation with Senator Bernardi. As a result of that conversation, he offered his resignation and I've accepted his resignation.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Cory Bernardi supporters say he could have survived the speech, but not interrupting Christopher Pyne on Adelaide radio. They believe he offered an opening his opponents had long been looking for and that he would have been sacked if he hadn't resigned. They also believe he was an easy target for the leader to make a broader point.

TONY ABBOTT: Well I think it's pretty clear that I have sent a very strong message to every member of the team that ill-discipline is unacceptable. I think it's pretty clear that if you want to freelance, you can do so on the backbench, but you can't freelance from the frontbench.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The sacking cleared the way for Tony Abbott to elevate two talented backbenchers: John Howard's former chief-of-staff, Arthur Sinodinos, and South Australian Jamie Briggs.

TONY ABBOTT: I am very proud to be putting both of them into the full ministry. I know they're gonna make a very strong contribution and I do have an even stronger team as a result of these changes.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Tony Abbott finished to the sound of the bells calling him to the Lower House to vote on the same-sex marriage bill. With the Coalition bound to vote against it, the result was never in doubt, but a large part of Labor's caucus, including the Prime Minister and Treasurer, cast their conscience vote against the bill.

SPEAKER: 42-98. You won; they lost - OK?

CHRIS UHLMANN: So this bill would have failed even if the Coalition had been given a conscience vote, but from the Greens' world-view, the House of Representatives isn't representative.

SARAH HANSON-YOUNG, GREENS SENATOR: Rather than accepting that this is a issue that Australians want to see us deliver on - they want to see this reform happen, they want to see equal love recognised - the parliamentarians and their political parties and the factions failed.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The dismay of those who had fought so hard for change was palpable.

SHELLEY ARGENT: It doesn't matter as a parent how much you can provide your children love, security, education and stability as when you have a gay child, you realise that that child is seen as second-rate in its own country and that is not fair, not fair at all.

CHRIS UHLMANN: There are moves afoot to bring a civil unions bill before Parliament.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: I haven't got a plan to bring it forward myself, but there is - there are a number of other members who I am in very close touch with - I think Warren Entsch, you're familiar with Warren's initiative there and I'm sure that if - that when, as I suspect, the gay marriage bill - for want of a better word - is defeated, I think the civil union legislation, I'm very hopeful will then be considered and I hope passed.

CHRIS UHLMANN: But activists are now pinning their hopes on the states, with Tasmania due to vote on a same-sex marriage bill next week.

SHELLEY ARGENT: We're not giving up. If something's worth having, it's worth fighting for. We'll see this reform happen state-by-state and territory-by-territory and that'll continue to put pressure on the Federal Government.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Today also marked the return to Parliament of the Prime Minister after a week away with her family mourning the death of her father and then attending the funerals of two soldiers.

JULIA GILLARD, PRIME MINISTER: We've been overwhelmed by people's kindness. We've been particularly overwhelmed when attending funerals in the last few days that people who have lost someone so young would take the opportunity to offer their condolences on the loss of my father.

CHRIS UHLMANN: It's all too easy to forget that our politicians are human, but the Prime Minister bade farewell to her father, revising Dylan Thom's famous entreaty.

JULIA GILLARD: But I grew up, as a result, listening to Dylan Thomas saying to his father to rage and rage against the dying of the light, to not go gentle into that good night. The last thing my father taught me was in the life of a man, there is a moment to go gentle into that good night, and so it was. Thank you.

CHRIS UHLMANN: And just for a moment hostilities paused.

TONY ABBOTT: Could I again acknowledge John Gillard, who has done his country proud in producing such a daughter. It is a remarkable parent who produces a prime minister of this country.

CHRIS UHLMANN: It would be good for everyone in Parliament and in the nation if we saw the human face of politics more often.

8 more sex-abuse suits filed against Archdiocese - Philadelphia Inquirer

ANDY DRUDING has a lot to say to the priest who he says repeatedly raped him when he was a middle-school choir boy.

So he wrote the Rev. Francis S. Feret a letter. He wanted to give it to him personally, but hasn't - still scared, after 40 years, to see Feret again.

But Tuesday, Druding read his letter in the most public of venues: a news conference at which it was announced that eight more lawsuits have been filed, including one by Druding, against the Philadelphia Archdiocese, its leaders and seven priests accused of sexually abusing children.

A flushed, sweating, trembling Druding took the podium and read, as if addressing Feret, his former choir director at St. Timothy's Catholic School in Mayfair: "You took advantage of a 9-year-old boy who loved to sing and was afraid to tell because you were a priest, God's messenger on Earth, the most holy person in my life. But I've never forgotten what you did to me. I remember every day of my life, the details so graphic and so horrific. I see your face all the time in my mind, in strangers' faces, in scary dreams and even in terrible flashbacks that I have to this day."

The eight lawsuits filed Tuesday by attorneys Dan Monahan, Marci Hamilton and Jeffrey Anderson follow eight others the legal trio filed earlier in Common Pleas Court. Altogether, the legal team represents 17 people who say they were sexually abused as children by Philadelphia-area priests.

The cases cite Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop Charles Chaput and Monsignor William Lynn, in addition to the accused priests.

In most of the cases, the victims are listed as John Does. But plaintiffs Druding and Michael McDonnell, 44, of Bristol Borough, Bucks County, attended the Center City news conference because they want their names out there.

"It's important to put a face to the cost - show the doubting public that these victims do exist. We do live our lives. Although we struggle on a daily basis, we are real people who have countless issues," said McDonnell, as his fiancée, Debra, cried and their 6-year-old son, Sean, sang and played with a Thomas the Tank Engine toy.

McDonnell accuses two priests, John P. Schmeer and Francis X. Trauger, of molesting him when he was an altar boy and worked at the rectory at St. Titus Catholic School in East Norriton.

Hamilton said Druding, McDonnell and the unnamed victims gained the courage to come forward after Lynn's July conviction. Lynn, 61, who investigated abuse complaints against priests as the Archdiocese's former secretary of clergy from 1992 to 2004, is the first U.S. church official convicted of endangering children by keeping predator priests in the ministry. He was sentenced to three to six years in prison.

The lawsuits, Hamilton said, are the only way to hold the Archdiocese accountable.

"The coverup, the incompetence in handling reports of abuse, must stop," said Hamilton, a national expert on clergy sex abuse and law professor at Yeshiva University in New York. "No one knew more about abuse than the Archdiocese itself, and no one did less to protect children. . . . The only way to protect children is the criminal-justice system."

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the Archdiocese responded: "We have not received copies of the cases . . . so we cannot provide more detailed information on those particular lawsuits at this time. We believe lawsuits are not the best mechanism to promote healing in the context of the very private and difficult circumstances of sexual abuse. We will work to assure all victims of sexual abuse receive appropriate assistance."

Besides Feret, Schmeer and Trauger, the priests named in the lawsuits are John H. Mulholland, Robert L. Brennan, Joseph J. Gallagher and Edward V. Avery (defrocked).


Contact Dana DiFilippo at difilid@phillynews.com or 215-854-5934. Follow her on Twitter @DanaDiFilippo. Read her blog at phillyconfidential.com.

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8 more sex-abuse suits filed against Archdiocese - Philadelphia Daily News

ANDY DRUDING has a lot to say to the priest who he says repeatedly raped him when he was a middle-school choir boy.

So he wrote the Rev. Francis S. Feret a letter. He wanted to give it to him personally, but hasn't - still scared, after 40 years, to see Feret again.

But Tuesday, Druding read his letter in the most public of venues: a news conference at which it was announced that eight more lawsuits have been filed, including one by Druding, against the Philadelphia Archdiocese, its leaders and seven priests accused of sexually abusing children.

A flushed, sweating, trembling Druding took the podium and read, as if addressing Feret, his former choir director at St. Timothy's Catholic School in Mayfair: "You took advantage of a 9-year-old boy who loved to sing and was afraid to tell because you were a priest, God's messenger on Earth, the most holy person in my life. But I've never forgotten what you did to me. I remember every day of my life, the details so graphic and so horrific. I see your face all the time in my mind, in strangers' faces, in scary dreams and even in terrible flashbacks that I have to this day."

The eight lawsuits filed Tuesday by attorneys Dan Monahan, Marci Hamilton and Jeffrey Anderson follow eight others the legal trio filed earlier in Common Pleas Court. Altogether, the legal team represents 17 people who say they were sexually abused as children by Philadelphia-area priests.

The cases cite Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop Charles Chaput and Monsignor William Lynn, in addition to the accused priests.

In most of the cases, the victims are listed as John Does. But plaintiffs Druding and Michael McDonnell, 44, of Bristol Borough, Bucks County, attended the Center City news conference because they want their names out there.

"It's important to put a face to the cost - show the doubting public that these victims do exist. We do live our lives. Although we struggle on a daily basis, we are real people who have countless issues," said McDonnell, as his fiancée, Debra, cried and their 6-year-old son, Sean, sang and played with a Thomas the Tank Engine toy.

McDonnell accuses two priests, John P. Schmeer and Francis X. Trauger, of molesting him when he was an altar boy and worked at the rectory at St. Titus Catholic School in East Norriton.

Hamilton said Druding, McDonnell and the unnamed victims gained the courage to come forward after Lynn's July conviction. Lynn, 61, who investigated abuse complaints against priests as the Archdiocese's former secretary of clergy from 1992 to 2004, is the first U.S. church official convicted of endangering children by keeping predator priests in the ministry. He was sentenced to three to six years in prison.

The lawsuits, Hamilton said, are the only way to hold the Archdiocese accountable.

"The coverup, the incompetence in handling reports of abuse, must stop," said Hamilton, a national expert on clergy sex abuse and law professor at Yeshiva University in New York. "No one knew more about abuse than the Archdiocese itself, and no one did less to protect children. . . . The only way to protect children is the criminal-justice system."

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the Archdiocese responded: "We have not received copies of the cases . . . so we cannot provide more detailed information on those particular lawsuits at this time. We believe lawsuits are not the best mechanism to promote healing in the context of the very private and difficult circumstances of sexual abuse. We will work to assure all victims of sexual abuse receive appropriate assistance."

Besides Feret, Schmeer and Trauger, the priests named in the lawsuits are John H. Mulholland, Robert L. Brennan, Joseph J. Gallagher and Edward V. Avery (defrocked).


Contact Dana DiFilippo at difilid@phillynews.com or 215-854-5934. Follow her on Twitter @DanaDiFilippo. Read her blog at phillyconfidential.com.

USA Swimming denies cover-up - ESPN

Updated: September 18, 2012, 11:13 PM ET

Associated Press

USA Swimming denied Tuesday that it had an agreement with former national coach Mark Schubert to cover up allegations of sexual misconduct by other coaches.

The organization said it felt compelled to comment even though it wasn't named in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against Schubert a day earlier by a former colleague, Dia Rianda.

The suit alleges that Schubert hired a private investigator to take photos of another prominent coach, Sean Hutchison, engaged in improper sexual activities while working with an elite training program in Fullerton, Calif. It says Schubert was paid $625,000 by USA Swimming not to go public with the information.

"The resolution of the relationship between Mark Schubert and USA Swimming absolutely did not involve any cover-up of alleged sexual misconduct by Sean Hutchison or any other person," USA Swimming said in a statement. "Rather, because of USA Swimming's commitment to safe sport, the agreement between USA Swimming and Mr. Schubert specifically required that if Schubert had, or in the future, received reliable information involving a sexual misconduct code of conduct violation by a coach or other member of USA Swimming, he would bring that information to USA Swimming in writing and would testify at a National Board of Review proceeding if requested to do so by USA Swimming."

Rianda, a swimming coach who, along with her husband, has given more than $100,000 to the USA Swimming Foundation, claims she was fired by Schubert in July after she went to work for him at his new team, Golden West Swim Club.

The suit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, says Rianda learned of sexual abuse charges against Schubert's close friend, Bill Jewell, and strongly objected to him working at the club. She said she was dismissed while she tried to keep children from being around Jewell while he was being investigated by USA Swimming.

USA Swimming said it "cannot comment on open investigations." Schubert did not respond to requests for comment.

Rianda's lawsuit also says Schubert knew of accusations against yet another prominent coach, Rick Curl, in the molestation of a 13-year-old girl beginning in 1983. It claims Schubert tried unsuccessfully to get USA Swimming to take action against Curl, who is reportedly set for a disciplinary hearing Wednesday and could face a lifetime ban from the organization.

Kelley Davis Currin has said Curl agreed to pay her $150,000 in return for not pursuing criminal charges after an illicit four-year relationship.

Currin and Rianda are represented by the same attorney, Robert Allard, who is involved in several lawsuits alleging USA Swimming covered up dozens of improper relationships between coaches and underage swimmers, and promoted a culture of secrecy that essentially condoned the behavior. He has called for a complete change of leadership at the organization, including the dismissal of executive director Chuck Wielgus.

USA Swimming counters that it has put in place a new safe sport program that is a model for all Olympic sports, with mandatory training for more than 31,000 non-athlete members, enhanced background checks on nearly 36,000, and lifetime bans for 16 offenders since the new program went into effect two years ago.

Currin said that's not enough.

"I have stated all along that numerous people in the swim world knew what Rick Curl did to me," she said in a statement Tuesday issued through her attorney. "It was the worst kept secret. I read the lawsuit filed against Mark Schubert. I am angry in reading that USA Swimming failed terribly when they had an opportunity to act against Rick Curl when coach Schubert informed Chuck Wielgus on numerous occasions about Curl's molestation of me.

"The fact that Chuck Wielgus and USA Swimming allegedly tried to cover up for Rick Curl by forcing Mark Schubert to accept hush money in return for signing a confidential agreement is outrageous. If USA Swimming has any integrity they would fire Wielgus and the rest of the staff that continues to protect sexual predators."


Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

USA Swimming denies cover-up with former national coach Mark Schubert in ... - Washington Post

USA Swimming denied Tuesday that it had an agreement with former national coach Mark Schubert to cover up allegations of sexual misconduct by other coaches.

The organization said it felt compelled to comment even though it wasn’t named in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against Schubert a day earlier by a former colleague, Dia Rianda.

The suit alleges that Schubert hired a private investigator to take photos of another prominent coach, Sean Hutchison, engaged in improper sexual activities while working with an elite training program in Fullerton, Calif. It says Schubert was paid $625,000 by USA Swimming not to go public with the information.

“The resolution of the relationship between Mark Schubert and USA Swimming absolutely did not involve any cover-up of alleged sexual misconduct by Sean Hutchison or any other person,” USA Swimming said in a statement. “Rather, because of USA Swimming’s commitment to safe sport, the agreement between USA Swimming and Mr. Schubert specifically required that if Schubert had, or in the future, received reliable information involving a sexual misconduct Code of Conduct violation by a coach or other member of USA Swimming, he would bring that information to USA Swimming in writing and would testify at a National Board of Review proceeding if requested to do so by USA Swimming.”

Rianda, a swimming coach who, along with her husband, has given more than $100,000 to the USA Swimming Foundation, claims she was fired by Schubert in July after she went to work for him at his new team, Golden West Swim Club.

The suit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, says Rianda learned of sexual abuse charges against Schubert’s close friend, Bill Jewell, and strongly objected to him working at the club. She said she was dismissed while she tried to keep children from being around Jewell while he was being investigated by USA Swimming.

USA Swimming said it “cannot comment on open investigations.” Schubert did not respond to requests for comment.

Rianda’s lawsuit also says Schubert knew of accusations against yet another prominent coach, Rick Curl, in the molestation of a 13-year-old girl beginning in 1983. It claims Schubert tried unsuccessfully to get USA Swimming to take action against Curl, who is reportedly set for a disciplinary hearing Wednesday and could face a lifetime ban from the organization.

Kelley Davis Currin has said Curl agreed to pay her $150,000 in return for not pursuing criminal charges after an illicit four-year relationship.

Currin and Rianda are represented by the same attorney, Robert Allard, who is involved in several lawsuits alleging USA Swimming covered up dozens of improper relationships between coaches and underage swimmers, and promoted a culture of secrecy that essentially condoned the behavior. He has called for a complete change of leadership at the organization, including the dismissal of executive director Chuck Wielgus.

USA Swimming counters that it has put in place a new safe sport program that is a model for all Olympic sports, with mandatory training for more than 31,000 non-athlete members, enhanced background checks on nearly 36,000, and lifetime bans for 16 offenders since the new program went into effect two years ago.

Currin said that’s not enough.

“I have stated all along that numerous people in the swim world knew what Rick Curl did to me,” she said in a statement Tuesday issued through her attorney. “It was the worst kept secret. I read the lawsuit filed against Mark Schubert. I am angry in reading that USA Swimming failed terribly when they had an opportunity to act against Rick Curl when coach Schubert informed Chuck Wielgus on numerous occasions about Curl’s molestation of me.

“The fact that Chuck Wielgus and USA Swimming allegedly tried to cover up for Rick Curl by forcing Mark Schubert to accept hush money in return for signing a confidential agreement is outrageous. If USA Swimming has any integrity they would fire Wielgus and the rest of the staff that continues to protect sexual predators.”

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Nine people accuse Philadelphia church of sexual abuse - Chicago Tribune


PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Eight men and a woman publicly accused Roman Catholic priests and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Tuesday of child sex abuse, saying they found courage to come forward after the conviction in June of a top church official in the wide-ranging pedophilia scandal.

The nine filed civil lawsuits accusing the Archdiocese and church officials of conspiring to conceal incidents of sex abuse, failing to address the problem and ignoring complaints about abusive clergy, according to attorneys who announced the cases at a news conference in Philadelphia.

Problems with abusive priests in the Philadelphia diocese had been flagged in a 2003 grand jury report that found church leaders failed to report abuse to authorities. These lawsuits cite alleged abuse dating back to 1970.

The alleged victims opted to come forward after the conviction of Monsignor William Lynn, a top official found guilty of covering up sex abuse allegations, often by transferring priests to unsuspecting parishes, said Marci Hamilton, an attorney in the case.

The alleged victims were children who attended Roman Catholic schools and churches in the Philadelphia area, where they say in the lawsuits they were molested and assaulted by priests and that their complaints went unheeded.

One of the plaintiffs, Andrew Druding of Philadelphia, spoke at the news conference about his abuse in the early 1970s, allegedly at the hands of a priest who directed a choir at a church where his parents were married and he had been baptized.

"You took advantage of a 9-year-old boy who loved to sing and was afraid to tell because you were a priest, God's messenger on Earth, the most holy person in my life," he said.

"This is my opportunity, to an extent, to fight back," he said, as his wife of 28 years, Denise, wept.

In a statement, the Archdiocese said it had not seen copies of the lawsuits.

"We believe lawsuits are not the best mechanism to promote healing in the context of the very private and difficult circumstances of sexual abuse," the statement said. "We will work to assure all victims of sexual abuse receive appropriate assistance."

The lawsuits collectively seek nearly $2 million in damages and name Lynn, seven priests and former priests, the Archdiocese, Archbishop Charles Chaput and Cardinal Justin Rigali, who retired as archbishop in 2011.

The sweeping sex abuse scandal has cost billions in settlements and driven prominent U.S. dioceses into bankruptcy. The Philadelphia Archdiocese already faces several civil lawsuits claiming abuse and faces legal costs estimated at more than $11 million.

Lynn, the highest-ranking church official to be convicted in the scandal, was sentenced to three to six years in prison in July. He acted as secretary of the clergy, overseeing 800 priests in the Archdiocese of 1.5 million members, the nation's sixth largest.

(Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Eric Walsh)

Boy Scouts leader reassures parents after 'perversion files' reveal sex abuse ... - New York Daily News

Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, said his organization works continuously to update its safeguards against sex abuse.

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Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, said his organization works continuously to update its safeguards against sex abuse.

The head of the Boy Scouts of America is doing damage control after an investigation showed that hundreds of sex abuse allegations against Scout leaders were never reported to police.

Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock published an open letter to parents highlighting his organization’s efforts to protect Scouts from predators, such as criminal background checks for all volunteers and a policy that says no Scout should ever be alone with just one adult leader.

The Los Angeles Times obtained a significant portion of the BSA’s “perversion files,” which detail abuse allegations against Scout leaders dating back to 1919.

In hundreds of cases, the paper said, there was no record that police were contacted. In others, Scout leaders accused of molestation were allowed to give fake reasons for leaving the organization.

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Brock acknowledged the report in his open letter, writing, “You may have heard recent news surrounding the release of certain Ineligible Volunteer Files.”

He said the files “help keep people deemed to be unfit leaders out of Scouting” â€" though an earlier investigation by the Los Angeles Times revealed that more than 125 men who had “perversion files” were still able to access and allegedly prey on kids by falsifying their identities or simply taking advantage of shoddy bookkeeping.

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In an earlier statement, the BSA admitted that it didn’t always have such rigorous safeguards.

"The Boy Scouts of America believes that one instance of abuse is far too many,” it read in part. “We regret there have been times when despite the BSA’s best efforts to protect children, Scouts were abused, and for that we are very sorry and extend our deepest sympathies to victims.”

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