Target: Former Boy Scouts Executive Paul Ernst
Goal: Apologize for protecting child molesters
The Boy Scouts of America recently were court-ordered to release confidential files that revealed names and incidents of child molestation by Scout leaders. Boy Scouts executive Mr. Paul Ernst managed these secret files for 20 years, and knew of the assaults and abuse but decided to cover most of them up. Demand an apology from Mr. Ernst for exposing thousands of young boys to sexual predators to protect his organization’s reputation.
The Boy Scouts is a well-known and well-respected organization that has existed in America since 1910. Engaging in activities that help young boys to develop mentally, morally, and physically, it has been a popular choice for parents and kids alike. But a recent onslaught of lawsuits against the Boy Scouts organization for covering-up suspected child abuse has left many stunned and saddened. And now, with the court-ordered release of its secret “ineligible volunteer” files, more aptly called “perversion files,” the horrific detailed accounts of longstanding abuse is finally coming to light.
Started in 1920, these secret files were reportedly kept and maintained to keep unfit leaders out of the Boy Scouts organization. In reality, they contained case after case of sexual misconduct and abuse by troop leaders and the organization’s response to the attacks. Boy Scouts executive Mr. Paul Ernst was in charge of these files from 1971-1993, overseeing the repeated attacks of approximately 2,000 victims. In most cases, he advised against going to authorities, instead recommending probation or asking the attacker to resign quietly. In every case, confidentiality was always assured to the attacker.
Mr. Paul Ernst has since denied any culpability and doesn’t believe he should have done anything differently. Because he put the organization’s interests above the wellbeing of a child, child abuse flourished and Boy Scouts became a safe haven for pedophiles. Please sign the petition below urging Mr. Ernst to re-evaluate his role in the sexual abuse scandal and to apologize to victims and their families.
Dear Mr. Ernst,
Under your leadership in the Boy Scouts organization, you protected many pedophiles and child molesters which enabled them to continue abusing and assaulting young boys. Please take a moment or two to consider the emotional and physical damage inflicted on the victims and their families because of your silence. A genuine apology from you is long overdue.
Deep down you must have felt some compassion or concern for the young boys that you knew were being molested or abused. Every single boy was somebody’s child and you had a moral obligation to protect those young boys and to bring their attackers to justice once you knew of the abuse. Not only did you turn a blind eye to the abuse, but you actually protected attackers by quietly asking them to resign or putting them on probation. Your decision to not inform the police also resulted in additional attacks that could have been prevented.
The Boy Scouts also had a moral obligation to keep those boys safe. Parents trusted the organization and they trusted you with their most valuable and precious possession, their children. But instead of a happy, rewarding, and enriching experience, it was a parent’s worst nightmare. Please apologize to all of the victims and their families for your role in aiding and protecting pedophiles and child molesters while you worked for the Boy Scouts.
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