Since its founding in 1910, reports
indicate that the Boy Scouts kept thousands of secret files on child sexual abuse cases hidden from the public. The Los Angeles Times reported in 2012 that after reviewing over 1,000 confidential Boy Scout files from 1970 to 1991, Scouting officials likely urged sexual offenders to quietly resign, covering the tracks of these predators through their underhanded silencing. According to allegations, innocent children were knowingly exposed to sexual predators by the Boy Scouts of America, willingly putting children in harms way. Programs included in the Boy Scouts of America that have been impacted by sexual abuse include Cub Scout packs, Webelos, Blazer Scouts, Sea Scouts, Explorer Scout Posts, Boy Scout troops, and other BSA programs and partner programs.
The Boy Scout officials hid away the details of these heinous acts and the names of their perpetrators in what they call the "Perversion Files", a blacklist of alleged molesters going back 100 years. In most of the cases the LA Times investigated, they reported that many times no records exist of Scouting officials reporting the allegations to the police. Allegedly, often officials actively sought to hide the abuse from the public or let suspects hide it.