New Sex Abuse Allegations Surface Against Boy Scouts Of America

April 23, 2019 - 2:10 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Stunning new allegations of child sex abuse have surfaced against the Boy Scouts of America.

According to attorney Jeff Anderson there were more than 12,000 Boy Scouts abused by 7,800 Scout volunteers nationwide dating back to the 1940s. Of those accused abusers, 50 were from New Jersey and 130 were from New York. 

Anderson, who represents sex abuse victims, says the figures come from the Boy Scouts' own so-called “Perversion Files."

"The bad news is this is far from a full disclosure of what the Boy Scouts actually knew," Anderson said. "We don't know where they are. We don't know if they get reported. We don't know who all they are. We don't know if the police know. We don't know if they're still Scout leaders and Scout masters."

The uncertainty is part due to the fact that cases go back as far 75 years.

A recently signed New York state law, the Child Victims Act, will allow victims to bring civil cases. A window for those cases opens Aug. 14 and lasts a year.

The Boy Scouts of America issued a statement saying that they "care deeply about all victims of child sex abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time scouting."

The organization says they are "outraged" that abusers have taken advantage of scouting programs to abuse children.

The Boy Scouts said they never knowingly allowed an abuser to work with youth and claim every instance of suspected abuse is reported to authorities.