Tips on Filing a Child Sexual Abuse Claim with the Boy Scouts of America
by Stephanie Andre | Last Updated: September 1, 2020
Victims of child sexual abuse who experienced abuse while in the Boy Scouts need to keep one date in mind: November 16, 2020. Claims filed through the organization’s bankruptcy proceedings must be received by that date to be eligible for potential compensation through the Boy Scouts victims’ fund. After that date, the only recourse for victims will be to file personal injury lawsuits, and it’s unclear whether these will be allowed to proceed against the national organization because it’s involved in bankruptcy proceedings.
Who Should File a Claim with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA)?Anyone who suffered from child sexual abuse within the BSA is eligible to file a claim. It doesn’t matter when the abuse occurred or who in the organization committed the abuse. Possible perpetrators include Boy Scout troop leaders as well as assistant leaders, camp employees, volunteers, and personnel involved in related organizations such as the Explorers, Sea Scouts, and Venturing. Eligible survivors include:
- Those who experienced abuse, even if the claim is barred under statutes of limitations.
- Anyone who called the Scouts First Hotline or otherwise reported a claim of abuse.
- Those who never filed a lawsuit, entered a settlement, or reported abuse.
- Those who did receive settlements before, but believe they have additional claims.
- Your name and basic information (address, education, employment)
- Your history as a member of the Boy Scouts
- The name of your abuser
- Information regarding the abuse—what happened, where and when it took place
- Description of the harm you’ve suffered as a result of the abuse (mental/physical health problems, reduced ability to work or engage in healthy relationships, etc.)