Timur Dykes — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

The 1987 BSA “Ineligible Volunteer” file on Timur Dykes, a former Portland Boy Scout volunteer, is a telling example of how the BSA’s system of blackballing accused pedophiles failed to catch an unknown number of child molesters in Scouting. Dykes was an Assistant Scout Master and then Scout Master with Troop 719 in Portland, a […]

Boy Scout Perversion Files Tip of the Child Abuse Iceberg

Over 1,200 files on accused child molesters in the Boy Scouts are now public record. The Boy Scouts of America created these particular files – which they call the “Perversion Files” – between 1965 and 1985. They were used as exhibits in a 2010 trial against the Boy Scouts in Portland, Oregon, by a man […]

Who is a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse in Oregon?

Oregon law requires adults in many professions to report child abuse. These “mandatory reporters” must make a report if they reasonably believe that a child has been abused, or that an adult has abused a child. But just who is a mandatory reporter? Some are obvious, such as police officers and doctors, who have been […]

SCOTUS Canning Decision May Affect Employment Cases

The recent U.S. Supreme Court case National Labor Relations Board vs. Canning was an ostensible blow to President Obama’s ability to make recess appointments. It ruled that the Senate was not in recess for a sufficient length of time for the President to invoke the Recess Appointments Clause of the Constitution. However, the high court’s […]

Q & A with Abuse Survivor & Author Randy Ellison

Randy Ellison‘s fiercely honest memoir, Boys Don’t Tell: Ending the Silence of Abuse, tells the story of Randy’s recovery from childhood sexual abuse after he was molested by a trusted minister. Randy also explains why victims of abuse by trusted adults — especially male victims — find it so hard to “just get over it and move on.” […]

Ronald Patterson — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

Ronald Patterson is one of the thousands of men the Boy Scouts of America added to its secret list of “Ineligible Volunteers” over the decades. Like the other men found in the BSA’s confidential “Perversion Files,” Patterson was caught sexually molesting Boy Scouts. In Patterson’s case, he sexually fondled several boys in Troop 112 while […]

Ronald Patterson — Boy Scout Perversion Files

Ronald Patterson is one of the thousands of men the Boy Scouts of America added to its secret list of “Ineligible Volunteers” over the decades. Like the other men found in the BSA’s confidential “Perversion Files,” Patterson was caught sexually molesting Boy Scouts. In Patterson’s case, he sexually fondled several boys in Troop 112 while […]

SCOTUS in Harris v. Quinn: A Small Blow to Unions

While Harris, et al. v. Quinn, et al., the second U.S. Supreme Court decision issued last Monday, may not have received as much press as the Hobby Lobby decision, its consequences may be just as far-reaching and significant for employees and their right to make individual choices about their employment conditions. In Harris, the Supreme […]

Oregon GMO Battle Part of Open Source Seed Revolution

Oregon GMO labeling supporters gear up to battle Big Ag, food and seed patenting could become a key issue. “Biodiversity” advocates have long bemoaned the loss of diversity in the foods we eat, plants we grow, and seeds we cultivate. As Michael Pollan sums it up in his In Defense of Food book: Half of […]

William Challberg Arrest Shows Flaws in Boy Scout Reporting

William “Bill” Challberg and his roommate Julian Mendoza were arrested this month by Phoenix police on charges that they had inappropriate contact with minor boys between 1983 and 2003. Phoenix police say 65-year-old Challberg is facing 26 charges in the case and 51-year-old Julian Mendoza is facing 15 charges, involving at least five boys, aged […]

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