More than 12,000 Boy Scout members were victims of sexual abuse, expert says

An expert who has been working with the Boy Scouts revealed that there may have been as many as 7,819 allegedly sexually abusive troop leaders and volunteers in the storied organization.
1:39 | 04/23/19

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A bombshell allegation against the boy scouts of America and attorneys claiming more than 7800. Perpetrators the Boy Scouts believed were involved in sexually abusing a child. Sir discount liters or volunteered with the organization and other capacities. The names of those alleged predators from the past eight decades who were then removed from eligibility to serve with the scouts were reportedly kept in so called perversion files along with documentation of more than twelve. Thousand alleged instances of sexual abuse. The data starts in 1944. And they had this information and a half. Not protected the children which they are to serve that protected the pent up files among their ranks. Attorneys in new York and New Jersey that was doing the names of 180 alleged abusers for the first time as the boy scouts of America told ABC news in a statement. We care deeply about all victims of child sex abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in scouting every instance of suspected abuse is reported to law enforcement. Attorneys representing some of the victim scene that is far from enough. They may have removed them from scouting but they never alerted. This community. That this teacher. This coach. This scout leader who is also a priest. Or an electrician. Is known to them to be a child molest her. It's still unclear whether any of the alleged abusers face criminal charges attorneys here in New York are now working with some of the alleged victims to sue. Once a long removing the statute of limitations takes effect in August. RC Gonzales ABC news New York.

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