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'Perversion Files' Reveal Thousands of Accused Sexual Abusers in Boy Scouts

'Perversion Files' Reveal Thousands of Accused Sexual Abusers in Boy Scouts

Attorney Jeff Anderson holds a list of names, during a press conference, of more than 130 Boy Scout leaders who worked in New York and were named in Boy Scouts of America (BSA) "Perversion Files" as having allegations of sexually abusing minors in New York. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 April 2019 06:07 PM

Nearly 8,000 adults are suspected of sexually abusing more than 12,000 children in the Boy Scouts over the years, according to a new report.

NBC New York reported Tuesday that thousands of people are facing allegations of sexual abuse against minors.

"For many, many years there's been an excavation of what are called the 'perversion files' — those are files held and hoarded at the Boy Scouts of America headquarters," victims' rights attorney Jeff Anderson said.

"Those 'perversion files' that they've had reflect that they have removed thousands of offenders of childhood sexual abuse over the years and they've kept that in files secretly."

Anderson, reported NBC, claimed that 7,819 suspected abusers and 12,254 potential victims have been uncovered.

"That is a number not known before today or ever revealed by the Boy Scouts of America," Anderson said.

The accusations date back to the 1940s, and it is not known how many of the accused are still alive.

The Boy Scouts of America told Fox News, "We care deeply about all victims of child abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting. … At no time have we ever knowingly allowed a perpetrator to work with youth, and we mandate that all leaders, volunteers and staff members nationwide immediately report any abuse allegation to law enforcement."

In February, it was revealed that the organization changed its name to Scouts BSA and made themselves open to boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17.

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