Although they have been facing sexual abuse allegations for years, The Boy Scouts of America has recently undergone a rebranding in efforts to distance themselves from the most recent allegations. Today, they are officially known as Scouts BSA.
The Boy Scouts is the largest scouting organization in the nation, with 2.3 million current participants and 150 million previous members. Their headquarters is located in our home state of Texas, in the city of Irving.
In April 2019, victims’ rights attorney Jeff Anderson called for the release of the names of sexual perpetrators being held in a Boy Scouts database labeled “ineligible volunteers.”
With over 7,800 perpetrators on-file, the number of abused children victims could be as high as 12,200. During a press conference, Anderson said:
“That is a number not known before today or ever revealed by the Boy Scouts of America.”– Jeff Anderson, Victims’ Rights Attorney
The possession of these files came to light in 2010 following a lawsuit involving a man who claimed that he was molested by a former scoutmaster who continued to serve, even after telling officials that he has molested 17 boys. The victim was awarded $18.5 million.
In 2012, the Supreme Court of Oregon ordered the release of 14,500 pages of files containing newspaper clippings and the victims’ testimonials.
These files were intended to prevent alleged pedophiles from ascending to leadership roles within the Boy Scouts. The documents also provided evidence that local organization officials pressured the organization to let accused pedophiles continue to serve.
Thanks to the recently passed Child Victims Act, the pedophiles may still be held liable for their crimes now that the time period to come forward with allegations has been extended.
However, in December of 2018, the Boy Scouts of America attempted to file for chapter II bankruptcy, which would significantly narrow the timeframe for accusers to file suit.
“By declaring bankruptcy, institutions like the Boy Scouts of America or a Catholic diocese are often able to freeze ongoing litigation for a period of time, which can be frustrating and hard on survivors who have gone a lifetime without the answers and justice they deserve.”Michelle Simpson Tuegel of Seeger Weiss LLP, victims’ rights attorney for USA Gymnastics
The time to come forward is now. Because of the Boy Scouts’ bankruptcy declaration, time is of the essence to file on your abuse claim.
If you have been physically or sexually assaulted by a member of the Boy Scouts of America (or Scouts BSA), contact us now for a free and confidential case review. Fill out our contact form online, or call (214) 526-7900, and we will help you find justice for your pain and suffering.