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Over 7,800 Boy Scout Leaders Accused of Sexually Abusing 12,254 Children

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While many associate the Boy Scouts of America with its classic motto “Be Prepared,” it would be understandable for some of us to be unprepared to hear the breadth and depth of shocking new allegations over the long-running serial sexual abuse that has been taking place within the U.S. scouting movement.

While rumors and allegations have long plagued the Boy Scouts, Minnesota-based victims’ rights attorney Jeff Anderson claims that the group’s widespread pattern of abuse, hidden by a system of denial and cover-ups, has involved over 7,800 alleged child molesters dating back to the 1940s.

On Tuesday, Anderson told reporters:

“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… 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.”

The files themselves have been known to the public for some time, with an Oregon judge ordering their release in 2012 during a civil suit. Yet the shocking number, revealed recently in court testimony by an independent investigator hired by the Boy Scouts to audit the files, is “a number not known before today or ever revealed by the Boy Scouts of America,” according to Anderson.

The attorney also warned that the precise numbers contained in the files–7,819 alleged perpetrators and 12,254 victims–could merely the tip of the iceberg.

The bad news is that this is far from a full disclosure,” Anderson said, adding that “the peril is there … this felt like something we should sound the alarm on.”

And while in most cases leadership of the Boy Scouts attempted to block alleged child molesters from rising in the ranks to scout leader, the group also refused to release the names of the alleged perpetrators either to the public or to authorities. The whereabouts and current statuses of the accused also remain under wraps, as does the question of whether they are involved in activities related to children in communities across the country.

In a statement to NBC News 4, the Boy Scouts denied that they helped cover up any sexual crimes against children. The statement read:

“We believe victims, we support them, and we have paid for unlimited counseling by a provider of their choice. Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children in Scouting and we are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children … At no time have we ever knowingly allowed a sexual predator to work with youth, and we mandate that all leaders, volunteers and staff members nationwide immediately report any abuse allegation to law enforcement.”

In a news conference Tuesday, attorneys will release the names of 50 Boy Scout leaders, according to NBC 4 New York.

However, Anderson will also file multiple lawsuits against the group on behalf of its victims, alongside demands that the organization finally hand over its files that include the names of alleged abusers. Recent legislation in New York and New Jersey has essentially erased the statute of limitations to report childhood sexual abuse.

Clergy abuse survivor and advocate Mark Crawford said that the numbers are hardly shocking given the widespread nature of the problem. Crawford, who works with survivors of sexual abuse, said:

“It’s not surprising to me … We should no longer be shocked, we should be angry and move to action.”

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Turns Out Schrödinger, the Father of Quantum Physics, Was a Shameless Pedophile

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Long hailed as one of the fathers of quantum physics, celebrated physicist Erwin Schrödinger is now being reevaluated after damning evidence was published that shows that the scientist was a pedophile and serial “sexual predator.”

Schrödinger, a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian-Irish scientist remembered for his 1935 thought experiment “Schrödinger’s Cat,” was exposed as a pedophile by The Irish Times in a December report detailing his unapologetic record as a serial abuser of young girls and women.

Since the report’s publication, academics and faculties across the globe have been distancing themselves from the physicist and launching petitions to remove his name from their facilities.

The physicist made foundational contributions to quantum theory and is largely responsible for the current craze for quantum computing, but his extracurricular activities have been exposed as being fundamentally exploitative and abusive toward girls and women.

According to 2012 biography Erwin Schrödinger and the Quantum Revolution by John Gribbin, which the Irish Times cited, the physicist became preoccupied with, and groomed, a 14-year-old girl named Itha Junger after becoming her math tutor. Schrödinger, who was middle-aged at the time, impregnated her when she was 17.

That year, Junger became pregnant and resorted to a horrific abortion that left her sterile, leaving the relationship in tatters.

The physicist also kept a record of his sexual exploits, which included being “infatuated” with a 12-year-old girl named Barbara. He only relented from pursuing the child after her family members protested. He later wrote in his diaries that the child was “among the unrequited loves of his life”.

Schrödinger, Life and Thought author Walter Moore noted that the physicist’s scummy attitude towards women “was essentially that of a male supremacist.”

Students and lecturers are now rejecting the scientist. In his adopted country, Ireland, a petition has been launched to change the title of a facility at Dublin’s Trinity University that’s named after him.

 “It seems in bad taste that a modern college such as Trinity – one that holds lectures to both men and women, one that (hopefully) rejects the abuse of women, of young girls or, indeed, of anyone – would honour this man with an entire building,” the petition reads.

“We can acknowledge the great mark Schrodinger has left on science through our study, and this petition does not wish to diminish the impact his lectures or ideas had in physics.”

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Queen Strips Prince Andrew of All Royal Titles as Child Sex Abuse Trial Looms

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Britain’s Prince Andrew has been unceremoniously stripped of his military and royal titles, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday, just one day after a Manhattan judge gave the green light to a sexual abuse lawsuit against the disgraced son of the Queen.

Andrew, 61, is now unable to use the title “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity and his other roles as the Duke of York will be distributed among the other members of the House of Buckingham.

“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” the royal family said in an official statement, reports CNN. “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

Prince Andrew faces a civil lawsuit from Virginia Giuffre Roberts, 38, who alleges that she was forced by late financier Jeffrey Epstein and his partner Ghislaine Maxwell to have “disgusting” sex with the duke in London when she 17, a minor under U.S. law. Giuffre claims that Andrew knew at the time that she was underage.

According to her lawsuit, she feared disobeying Epstein and Maxwell due to “their powerful connections, wealth and authority.” Andrew, however, vociferously denies the claim.

The ongoing drama surrounding Andrew has already led to the Queen stripping her middle son of performing royal tasks following his humiliating 2019 interview with the BBC where he attempted to justify his friendship with Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, who was recently found guilty of sex trafficking.

At the time, the prince – a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot who flew missions in the 1982 Malvinas War – was allowed to retain his military titles, which included vice admiral of the Royal Navy and colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

However, Buckingham Palace had faced strong pressure from military groups to strip the Duke of York of those titles.

“We understand that he is your son, but … please do not leave it any longer,” a group of 150 veterans wrote in an open letter to the monarch.

“All of us have served our country and are proud to have done so. For that reason, we are particularly upset and angry that Prince Andrew remains a member of the armed forces and continues to hold military titles,” the veterans added.

“Officers of the British armed forces must adhere to the very highest standards of probity, honesty and honorable conduct. These are standards which Prince Andrew has fallen well short of,” the letter said.

Andrew is likely to face a trial in Manhattan federal court later this year following the court’s Wednesday ruling.

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