Survivors, whistleblowers and experts recount the Boy Scouts of America's decades long cover-up of sexual abuse cases and its heartbreaking impact.
'Scout’s Honor' reveals the true scale of a shocking child sex abuse scandal – and institutional cover-up – that is rocking America’s most beloved youth serving institution. Unbeknownst to the wider public, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been a magnet for thousands of sex abusers. Since 1944, almost 8000 volunteers have been removed from the organisation for molesting a boy scout. The BSA knew about every last one of them.
For decades, its leaders kept a blacklist of every volunteer banned for child sexual abuse. They covered up this information ruthlessly; hiding the truth from volunteers, parents and the media; paying off victims for their silence and enabling known abusers to enter and re-enter the organisation, even after they had been convicted for molesting children.
The past is finally catching up with them. In 2019, a change in US law allowed victims of historical abuse to seek justice in court. The floodgates opened and the BSA declared bankruptcy in a fight for its own survival. 'Scout’s Honor' draws on heart-rending accounts from victims who are seeking justice after decades in silence, and lawyers and journalists who fought to expose the BSA in previous decades.