Marcos Adrian Arevalo — Boy Scout Perversion Files

Marcos Adrian Arevalo, a Mexican Exchange Counselor for the Boy Scouts of America, was arrested and charged with indecent liberties involving a minor in 1985, in Tacoma, Washington. A 12-year-old Scout had reported to a friend in his Troop and his mother that Arevalo had sexually molested him on a Boy Scout camping trip when […]

Victim of Revenge Porn?

What is Revenge Porn? Revenge Porn is the latest online activity calculated to bully, intimidate, humiliate, and shame an individual or group. It occurs when a person or group publicly publishes online usually sexually explicit photographs or videos that were originally intended to be maintained privately. Revenge Porn is sometimes the work of anonymous hackers, […]

Gerald Wayne Gunter – Boy Scout Perversion Files

Gerald Wayne Gunter, a farm hand living in Ashland, Oregon, began volunteering as an Assistant Scout Master with Troop 112 of Ashland in December 1984. On November 20, 1985, the national office of the Boy Scouts of America created an “Ineligible Volunteer” or “Perversion File” due to his criminal conviction for sexual abuse on October […]

Catholic Church in Canada Has Own History of Sex Abuse

One of the darkest deeds in a dark history of child abuse was how the Catholic Church in the United States shipped pedophile priests to northern Alaska with no warning to the indigenous villages they were supposed to serve. These villages were so poor and desperate that a priest arriving by dog sled every month […]

The Movie Calvary and What It Tells Us About Sexual Abuse

The movie Calvary, recently opened in theaters across the country, is set in the rural Irish countryside. The main character is an Irish priest who discovered his vocation after his wife died. Father James Lavelle (played by Brendan Gleeson) serves the small Irish community along with an inept younger assistant named Father Leary. The villagers […]

Book Review: The Witch-Hunt Narrative by Ross E. Cheit

Problems are never truly solved until they are understood. Trusted organizations like the Boy Scouts, churches, or schools will never be safe for children until we understand how pedophiles targeted these institutions, using the institutions’ own cultures and policies to prey on children and hide from detection. Among the forces preventing a full understanding of […]

James Martin Rise – Boy Scout Perversion Files

James Martin Rise (aka James Martin von Richter and James Martin Morris) had a long criminal history by the time he started volunteering for the Boy Scouts. In 1956, he was convicted of fraud by impersonation. In 1979, he was accused of rape in the third degree. In 1980, he was indicted for sexual abuse […]

Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Act

President Obama recently signed an executive order, The Fair Pay and Safe Workplace order, that provides employees of federal contractors more rights in labor disputes including prohibiting forced arbitration for employees who allege sexual harassment or sexual assault. Additionally, the executive order requires federal contractors and their subcontractors to disclose law violations for the preceding […]

What is Grooming When We Talk about Child Abuse?

Grooming is the process a child molester uses to find victims. To a child – and often the child’s family – grooming may look like friendship or kindness. It may be a gentle pat or hug, small gifts, little treats, or just a smile, encouraging word, or a listening ear. A child molester uses these […]

Speaking Out About Abuse Helps Survivors Heal

Matthew Sandusky, a 33-year-old survivor of sexual abuse, decided to speak out about being sexually abused as a child. The question he faced at the outset was a familiar one for all survivors of childhood sexual abuse, “Why speak now after so many years?” The question is an important one because many people don’t realize […]

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