The Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1873
includes an article about the mathematician/inventor Charles Babbage. In this article, there's a page-long footnote discussing some hoaxes, and at the end of this footnote, there's a brief reference
to the existence of a curious group that called itself the "Society for Insulting Women and Frightening Children":
What is this Society? I haven't been able to find it mentioned anywhere except in this Smithsonian Report. But it sounds like a clandestine group of 19th-century pranksters.
The footnote is signed "J.H.", which I assume stands for Joseph Henry, the Secretary of the Smithsonian at the time. He's a pretty credible source, so I assume he wasn't simply making up this Society.
If anyone has any information about this Society, let me know.