BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA SEXUAL ABUSE
The Boy Scouts of America is a household name in the United States, revered for its standards of morality and teaching children valuable skills. However, recent reviews of secret BSA files reveals that the Scouts allegedly hid massive numbers of child sex abuse cases and the names of hundreds of child molesters from the public for nearly a century.
If you or a loved one was victimized sexually as a minor by a leader in the Boy Scouts of America, you do not have to suffer in silence. Changes in sexual abuse laws may mean you are entitled to compensation and justice.
BOY SCOUT SEXUAL ABUSE LAWSUITS
BSA SEXUAL ABUSE BACKGROUND
Since its founding in 1910, reports indicate that the Boy Scouts kept thousands of secret files on child sexual abuse cases hidden from the public. The Los Angeles Times reported in 2012 that after reviewing over 1,000 confidential Boy Scout files from 1970 to 1991, Scouting officials likely urged sexual offenders to quietly resign, covering the tracks of these predators through their underhanded silencing.
According to allegations, innocent children were knowingly exposed to sexual predators by the Boy Scouts of America, willingly putting children in harms way. Programs included in the Boy Scouts of America that have been impacted by sexual abuse include Cub Scout packs, Webelos, Blazer Scouts, Sea Scouts, Explorer Scout Posts, Boy Scout troops, and other BSA programs and partner programs.
The Boy Scout officials hid away the details of these heinous acts and the names of their perpetrators in what they call the "Perversion Files", a blacklist of alleged molesters going back 100 years. In most of the cases the LA Times investigated, they reported that many times no records exist of Scouting officials reporting the allegations to the police. Allegedly, often officials actively sought to hide the abuse from the public or let suspects hide it.
HOW COULD THIS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO HAPPEN?
- The files hidden by the Boy Scouts of America reveal a pattern of abuse by a specific group of men. The L.A. Times reports that 47% of leaders in the Scouts who were added to the Perversion Files were single, and about 50% of them did not have a child in any of the scouting programs.
- The case files also indicated that almost all of the cases came about from situations where the troop leaders were left alone with the boys. This wasn't prohibited until 1987, far too late for many sexual abuse victims. The scouting sexual predators took perverse advantage of the innocents in their care and/or tempted them with illegal activities including drinking alcohol, driving cars, and looking at pornography.
- As these predators started to build trust with the youth in their care, they often gradually tested physical boundaries with the boys during activities such as skinny dipping, group showers, sleepovers and one-on-one activities.
For more shocking cases of sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts and to learn how to seek help for you or your loved one's suffering, visit abusedinscouting.com.
ABUSED IN SCOUTING VICTIMS: CONTACT AVA LAW NOW
If you have fallen victim to a Boy Scout leader who pushed the limits too far and took advantage of you, it is not your fault. You are an innocent victim. These abusers preyed upon innocent children and have likely abused as many as 100 children in their lifetime. You deserve to tell your story and show that these predator's behavior will not be tolerated ever again.
Your voice needs to be heard, and if eligible, you have earned the right to significant compensation. We cannot erase the crimes of the past, but we can make the organization responsible pay in the only way available in our legal system: money damages for the victims. Contact AVA Law Group today to start your next steps towards justice. We fight on behalf of victims of sexual abuse so you can focus on healing. Sign up for your free case evaluation today and tell your story.
Lawsuits Against the Boy Scouts of America
Across the nation thousands of men and advocates of sexual abuse survivors are filing civil suits against the Boy Scouts of America, pursing justice and monetary compensation for the suffering they endured from the sexual abuse. Survivors assert that the BSA should have provided more protection for the children involved in their programs, reported any and all sexual predators to the authorities, etc.
Money from settlements and lawsuits cannot reverse the trauma caused by sexual abuse, but it may help ease the financial burden of medical treatments or physiological counseling needed due to the sexual abuse and make sexual abusers face accountability in the court of law.
If you or a loved one was sexually abused as a minor by a member of the Boy Scouts of America, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the BSA. Parents and guardians of children who were sexually abused by Scouting leaders may be able to file a civil lawsuit on the behalf of their child in some cases.