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L.A. Now Live: Delving into the Boy Scouts 'perversion files'

October 29, 2012 |  8:15 am

About 100,000 people visited a database of 5,000 files and case summaries posted by the Los Angeles Times on suspected sexual abusers in the Boy Scouts.

Dozens of others contacted The Times to describe how events detailed in the documents years ago had shaped their lives.

Times reporters Jason Felch and Kim Christensen have been writing about the Boy Scouts of America and their long-hidden records of alleged abuse affecting thousands of men across the country. They will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. on Monday to discuss how the newly released files are being used and studied.

DATABASE: Track names, locations

More than 1,200 of the files were recently released by order of the Oregon Supreme Court in response to a petition by various media organizations. The Times obtained additional information for its database, which covers cases opened from 1947 to 2005, from a Seattle attorney who has sued the Scouts on behalf of alleged abuse victims.

Many victims and family members who contacted The Times were hoping for answers to long-standing questions: Were they, or their sons or brothers, alone in being abused? Was the accused ever brought to justice?

"It's a long, dark chapter in my family's history that has caused a lot of pain," wrote the sister of one Scout who alleged abuse. "This will help bring some closure to something we have just been mystified by for so long."

FULL COVERAGE: Inside the Boy Scouts 'perversion files'

For others, the files' release was an opportunity to tell friends and family about a long-buried secret.

"My first reaction was tears," one man wrote in an email. "Then I realized that I had to say something, as many of my friends and family live in a bubble. They think this kinda stuff doesn't happen to people that they know. So I popped the bubble."

--Jason Felch and Kim Christensen