Sexual misconduct

Allegations emerge that over 12,000 Boy Scouts were sexually abused

Victims' rights Attorney Jeff Anderson, Bridie Farrell, a survivor of abuse and co-founder of NY Loves Kids, and attorney Trusha Goffe.
Victims' rights Attorney Jeff Anderson, Bridie Farrell, a survivor of abuse and co-founder of NY Loves Kids, and attorney Trusha Goffe. Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

A victims’ rights attorney alleged on Tuesday that the Boy Scouts of America has "perversion files" on 7,819 scoutmasters or other volunteers accused of sexually abusing 12,254 children over several years across the country, per newly released court filings, ABC News reports.

Details: Jeff Anderson, an attorney whose firm has represented victims in sexual abuse cases, said Tuesday that 130 of the perpetrators are based in New York and might face legal action. The Boy Scouts of America confirmed the existence of a database of "ineligible files," going back to the 1920s that lists adult volunteers who may have posed risk to youth members. However, the organization clarified that "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."

Trump's NOAA nominee faces allegations of workplace harassment

Barry Myers. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Reports of widespread and “alarming" sexual harassment followed a workplace investigation into AccuWeather — a commercial weather forecasting company and federal contractor — where Barry Myers, tapped by President Trump to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was previously CEO, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

The backdrop: A September 2016 complaint that comprised more than 20 witnesses, revealed last year that under executive control of Myers, AccuWeather promoted a hostile work environment wherein flagrant allegations were ignored and those who protested faced retaliation. In June, The Post reported AccuWeather’s $290,000 settlement, described in a conciliation agreement with 4 women who received payment and another 30 who were eligible.