Scouts Canada’s Pedophiles: Confidential Files, Confidential Settlements

Last week, Care2 reported on the confidential files that Scouts Canada and the Boy Scouts of America kept on pedophiles in their ranks.  This week, the CBC revealed that Scouts Canada has signed more than a dozen out-of-court settlements with child sex abuse victims since 1995.

While Scouts Canada has not admitted “responsibility or ownership of the problem” in these cases, CBC learned they have agreed to settlements that reached $200,000 in some cases, in the interest of “minimizing the financial cost to them and making sure that nobody else ever found out about it.”

Out of 24 cases filed against Scouts Canada since 1995, 13 of them involved confidentiality agreements. The confidentiality agreements ranged from prohibiting victims from publicly revealing details of the abuse (in effect silencing them) to not disclosing the amount or existence of a settlement with Scouts Canada.

The significant publicity of this issue following last week’s major coverage of the confidential files in the media is resulting in more stories of abuse and lawsuits coming out, including in Nova Scotia, Toronto and northern First Nations communities in Ontario and Manitoba. The CBC has put together a map of known sex abuse cases involving scout leaders in Canada.

While Scouts Canada claims that it immediately suspends possible abusers and reports them to the authorities, it is nonetheless refusing to respond to reports about the confidentiality agreements.

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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

As the Boy Scouts sink deeper and deeper into the morass of pedophilia and homophobia, the Girl Scouts progress upward in meaningful projects on the environment and global warming, learning how to be strong intelligent young women.

Marsha Andrews
Marsha Andrews5 years ago

The law should require nothing less than total disclosure. That fact that there are certain people accepting monetary settlements which therefore allows them privacy is doubly disconcerting to say the least. It seems private organizations, the Catholic church who are notorious for years of housing pedophiles (aka priests & bishops), and the military seem to be able to answer only to their internal laws. This is just plain wrong.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

Homosexuals and pedophiles are apples and oranges. Gays are born that way, pedophiles are made that way after they are born, big difference. Homosexuals don't deserve this rap. Gays cannot CHANGE their sexual orientation. Pedophiles need to get medical care and then it can be determined whether they should be locked up. I'm sure it would be on an individual basis. Only a psychiatrist can cure a pedophile and even then maybe not. That's not for us to decide. I'm just amazed at the bigotry homosexuals are subjected to all because of religious cults all over the world. Hatred of gays is an integral part of the Christian, Catholic AND Muslim religions. Billions of people hate gays for no other reason than they are told to by all the major religions of the world. This is a pervasive sickness in our culture.

Saliane Anderssen
Saliane A.5 years ago

How sad that the victims took the money and agreed to keep it confidential - what about other kids getting abused? Who would wish that on anyone else, especially after going through it - is the money more important to them than preventing it from happening again? Shameful!

Sue Griffiths
SUE Griffiths5 years ago

I'd love to see a list of these creeps. I bet they are mostly heterosexual too. Come on give us the information, and let's dispel the myth once and for all who the paedophiles really are.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

If it was a criminal offense then all our politicians and the Pope would be in jail.

Wayne M.
Wayne M.5 years ago

It should be a criminal offense with consequences equal to those given to the actual abusers, to fail to report any person involved in pederasty to legal authorities.

It should also be a criminal offense for legal authorities to fail to investigate a suspected or known case of covering up incidents of child sexual abuse.

Linda T.
Linda T.5 years ago

Now you have to wonder how many cases are in the United States that we have not heard about. Very sad that the Boys Scouts protect pedophiles while not allowing openly gay family members to participate.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

EXACTLY like the Catholic Church. Remember how the Catholic church at first tried to put themselves ABOVE the law because they answered to a "higher power"? Right.... they answer to a fairy "god" and they will get punished "later" in fictional "hell". Does anybody think this is ever gonna stop?? Not as long as men have testicles.

David Menard
David Menard5 years ago

Shades of the RCC Shame on scouts Canada for these confidentiality agreements. These pedophiles belong in jail and on a sex predator list.