Thousands of documents released today may reveal the Boy Scouts of America may have known about adults sexually molesting young boys.
The documents include former Hawaii Boy Scout leaders.
More than 14,000 pages of "confidential" files kept by the Boy Scouts of America on suspected pedophiles are now public.
An Oregon Supreme court ruling allowed Attorney Kelly Clark, who represents a child abuse victim to release the "PERVERSION FILES" kept on 1,200 men between 1965 and 1985.
"You do not get to keep secrets about children... period," said Clark.
"For us, it represents the pain and aguish of thousands of untold scouts," said Paul Mones, another attorney in the case.
Six of those files have Hawaii ties. We talked to the Aloha Council, which oversees the Boys Scouts in Hawaii. A spokesperson did not discuss specifics about the cases and KITV has decided NOT to release the names of the suspected mollestors without verifying the allegations.
Last year, the Hawaii state legislature passed a law giving child abuse victims a new 2 year window to pursue civil litigation against their mollesters.
"Files and legislation may encourage them if they chose to pursue them," Clark added.
The Boy Scouts of America said these file haves never been secret, but that keeping them confidential helped track possible offenders and allowed children to remain anonymous.
In 2010, a Portland, Oregon jury ruled the BSA did not protect Kerry Lewis from assistant scoutmaster TIMUR Dykes- who admitted he molested boys. Lewis was awarded 20 million dollars. '
"If you want to join please do so. But just keep your eyes open, be aware," said former Boy Scout Kerry Lewis.
"There's no question that there are times in the past and these go back 40-50 years old where we did not do the job that we should have," said Wayne Perry, President of the Boy Scouts of America. "For that and for people hurt, we are profoundly sorry."
The BSA says it's enhanced policies and procedure do include background checks, training programs, and mandates the reporting of suspected abuse.