8,000 Boy Scout leaders accused of sexual abuse in past 72 years,


The Boy Scouts have kept files going back decades showing that nearly 8,000 volunteers have been excluded from the organisation because they had been accused of sexually abusing children, according to a review by an expert on child sexual abuse.

The expert, Janet Warren, a professor at the University of Virginia, revealed the scope of the reported abuse when she testified as an expert witness in a trial involving allegations of child sexual abuse at a children’s theatre in Minneapolis.

Her findings were described Tuesday by a lawyer, Jeff Anderson, who has represented sexual abuse victims in cases against organisations like the Boy Scouts and the Roman Catholic Church.

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