Roy S. Wilson — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

Rev. Wilson was a Lutheran minister who did not register with the Boy Scouts but for some inexplicable reason was allowed to volunteer with them until someone flagged him due to his past history. His “Ineligible Volunteer File” with the Boy Scouts highlights to enormous problem of “unregistered” volunteers that still exists in Scouting. Based […]

Benjamin Drake and Robert Frederick Drake, Sr. — Boy Scouts of America Abuse Cases

In June 1988, Edwin Weiseth, Scout Executive of the Crater Lake Council of the Boy Scouts, and Sergeant Ron Jones of the Oregon State Police confronted Robert Drake, Sr. about a child abuse allegation that was made to local law enforcement officials in 1979. Drake was told that his registration with the Boy Scouts of […]

Big Dairy Abuses Highlight Need for Food Freedom

A new lawsuit alleges that dairy giant Darigold abuses its workers and its cows, producing milk “under conditions where dairy cows are injured and sick, where despite suffering from bloody and swollen udders, cows are still milked . . .” Food Freedom would allow consumers to buy their milk from different dairies. Darigold has 69 […]

Gary Dahlgren — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

In 1987, Gary Dahlgren, a Junior High teacher in Enterprise Oregon, applied for employment with the Boy Scouts at the same time as he was being investigated for inappropriate behavior with a 13-year-old student in his science class. According to the investigation report, Dahlgren sat next to the student and rubbed his foot up and […]

Congratulations to Barbara Blaine, David Clohessy, and SNAP

Last evening, Barbara Blaine and David Clohessy of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) were honored in a gala event in Los Angeles for their service to women and all those affected by the trauma of child sexual abuse. As recipients of the 2014 Global Women’s Rights Award, the Feminist Majority Foundation recognized […]

Gilion Dumas Interview on the Boy Scout Perversion Files

The NBC News affiliate WAFF in Huntsville, Alabama recently interviewed me concerning the history of the Boy Scouts’ Ineligible Volunteer or “Perversion” Files and the successful outcome before the Oregon Supreme Court in forcing the Boy Scouts to make these internal documents public. The release of these files is one of the biggest breakthrough in […]

If You Quit Your Job, Can You Receive Unemployment Benefits? The Answer May Surprise You

As a general matter of law, someone who quits a job is not eligible for unemployment benefits in Oregon. However, there is an important exception to this law. An employee who quits for “good cause” may still be eligible to receive unemployment benefits under certain circumstances. This exception was recently demonstrated by an Employment Appeals […]

Richard Herbert Smith — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

Richard Herbert Smith was a volunteer Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 269 in Tillamook, Oregon from 1981 until 1983. In July 1990, a paid Scout Executive working for the Columbia Pacific Council of the BSA sent a “Confidential Record Sheet” about Richard Herbert Smith to the national office of the Boy Scouts. The form cryptically […]

Robert Joseph Ewing — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

Oregon Cub Scout volunteer Robert Joseph Ewing was kicked out of the Boy Scouts in 1991 after his sister reported to BSA that he had an interest in underage boys. Ewing had been associated with Cub Scout Pack 777 in Florence, Oregon since 1990 when his sister alerted Boy Scout officials about Ewing’s past sexual […]

Hawaii Lawsuit Shows Need for Statute of Limitations Reform

The man who sued “X-Men” filmmaker Bryan Singer for raping him as a teenager has added claims against three more Hollywood executives last week.  Michael Egan, who bravely and unusually used his own name in the litigation, alleges that he was an aspiring teen actor in Los Angeles when television executives Garth Ancier and David […]

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