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For decades, the Boy Scouts of America has closely guarded a trove of secret documents that detail sexual abuse allegations against troop leaders and others.
The most complete public accounting of the abuse so far came in 2012 when the Los Angeles Times published a searchable database of 5,000 files and case summaries that are part of the Scouts’ blacklist known as the “perversion files.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Seven years later, more details are emerging about the scope of sex abuse in the youth organization. A researcher hired by the Scouts to analyze records from 1944 to 2016 testified earlier this year that she had identified 7,819 suspected abusers and 12,254 victims.
A researcher identified 7,819 suspected sexual abusers and 12,254 victims in the Boy Scouts of America, but lawyers say those numbers grossly understate how many molesters infiltrated the youth organization’s ranks over the yearshttps://t.co/xGd2mXSceP
— KTLA (@KTLA) May 15, 2019
With New York and New Jersey extending their statutes of limitations on child sexual abuse claims — and similar legislation pending in California — the Boy Scouts may face a flood of new lawsuits. https://t.co/HsqkAdkBt1
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) May 15, 2019
Bravo to the boys & men who are telling their stories and holding Boy Scouts accountable for their decades of sexual abuse and to the states extending statute of limitations to allow thousands of victims to sue! Next should be criminal prosecution! #Metoo https://t.co/vOQDy649UK
— Areva Martin, Esq. (@ArevaMartin) May 15, 2019
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