Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
History of Abuse
Since its inception in 1910, more than 130 million youths have participated in Boy Scouts of America programs. More than 35 million adult volunteers have helped carry out the BSA’s mission.
However, since as far back as the 1920s, sexual abuse cases have been associated with the organization. In fact, the Boy Scouts began to gather data about “ineligible volunteers” who could not serve due to sexual abuse claims. These “Red Files” later led to the removal of thousands of abusers prior to 1935. However, by 1971, BSA executives admitted that they destroyed the files as they believed they no longer served a purpose and were “outdated” due to the abuser’s age or even death.
But allegations have not subsided. Hundreds of individual sex abuse lawsuits have been brought against the organization. In fact, in 2012the organization was ordered to produce an internal list of scout leaders and adult volunteers accused of preying on boys. That landmark decision resulted in the public release of a database that included a list of men accused of sexual abuse against Boy Scout members. (Note: This database is not comprehensive.)
Even worse, after an Oregon case in which six former scouts sued for abuse against an assistant scoutmaster, an 1,200 additional secret Boy Scout files were released to the public — revealing that organization officials urged sexual offenders to resign rather than reporting them to the police. This evidence brought to light that the Boy Scouts of America — as an organization — was now liable for the abuse.
BSA Files for Bankruptcy
In early 2020, the organization filed for Chapter 11 Protection, allowing it to continue operations while cases are brought against the group.
While under bankruptcy protection, the BSA says it will create a trust to provide compensation to victims. The BSA had been exploring this idea since 2018.
Most recently, the deadline for these claims has been extended to Nov. 16, 2020.
How to File a Claim
The May 2020 court declaration states that survivors of sexual abuse from anyone involved with the organization can file a claim. This includes abuse by employees, leaders, volunteers, and members.
If you were sexually abused, you are not alone. Thousands of victims have chosen legal action to hold the organization accountable.
Chaffin Luhana is now investigating these cases and invites you to call today at 1-888-480-1123. Even if you don’t recall all the details, you should still file a claim. We can help.