The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 and, according to the organization, has had more than 130 million participants in its youth programs and more than 35 million adult volunteers. An article by the New York Times revealed that since its inception, the Boy Scouts had kept an internal file concerning abuse cases and, in 1935, the newspaper revealed the organization had files of scout leaders who were “degenerates”. It came as no surprise that an expert hired by the Boy Scouts found that “there may have been as many as 7,819 allegedly sexually abusive troop leaders and volunteers in the storied organization.”
The same expert also revealed that, upon reviewing the Boy Scouts’ files, she and her team identified 12,254 victims of sexual abuse between 1944 and 2016. Aside from the unidentified victims from 1910 to 1944, there is also another reason why many believe the number is actually higher:
Academics who research child sex abuse tell TIME that number is likely a gross underestimation. Many boys were likely intimidated or shamed out of reporting their assailants, who often held influential positions in local churches, schools, or businesses.
In February 2020, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy, and the deadline for filing claims was set by the court: November 16, 2020. This means that survivors seeking justice and compensation should act now. If you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse, you should Contact Us immediately.
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It was the responsibility of the Boy Scouts of America to protect its participants from sexual abuse. The organization can be held liable for failing to protect victims who deserve justice.
Survivors should reach out to family and friends for support, as well as doctors and professionals who can help you through the recovery process. It is also paramount to hold the perpetrators accountable: sexual predators and the negligent institutions that failed to provide a safe environment and/or did not respond properly upon being notified about the abuse and/or assault.
The attorneys at Peiffer Wolf are committed to providing first-class legal representation to clients who are survivors of sexual abuse and/or sexual assault. We are very compassionate, and we will guide you or your loved one through the entire process. It is our goal to seek justice for those who have suffered at the hands of others
If you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault, you should Contact Us immediately.
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