But beneath the surface lurked a dark secret actually several of them.

Young boys some from troubled backgrounds and others from prominent families were being sexually abused by a group of men who were supposed to be role models and authority figures. Growing evidence suggests that people who knew about the abuse did nothing to stop it or report it.

Others blame a culture of secrecy, denial and ignorance for allowing revered, male-dominated institutions like the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office to ignore abusers in their midst. http://www.spokesmanreview.com/tools...f.asp?ID=82828