The Chicago Tribune:
Over two decades, the Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid the allegations from parents and the public.
A Los Angeles Times review of 1,600 confidential files dating from 1970 to 1991 has found that Scouting officials frequently urged admitted offenders to quietly resign — and helped many cover their tracks.[...]
The details are contained in the organization's confidential "perversion files," a blacklist of alleged molesters, that the Scouts have used internally since 1919. Scouts' lawyers around the country have been fighting in court to keep the files from public view.
In the past, cover-up may have been more the rule than the exception, but our entire approach has changed over the last three decades. Mandated reporter laws only began to include sexual abuse in the late 1960s. Before 1990, sexual abuse didn't garner nearly the public attention it has gotten in the past two decades. Psychiatrists and psychologists would often advise organizational referrers that abusers who had gone through treatment could return to their former duties. Police and courts weren't nearly as tough in dealing with sexual abuse. These matters were often handled in the shadows and in a manner that was completely inadequate for the protection children.