UPDATE: The Boy Scouts of America has opened up the Sexual Abuse Survivor Proof of Claim program for victims to recover compensation for their past abuse and suffering. The claims must be submitted by November 16, 2020.
You joined the Boy Scouts to experience the comradery of being with kids your own age while building life skills and boosting your confidence. Your troop leader and the volunteers you spend countless hours with were supposed to be role models. To be there to guide you and boost your self-esteem.
Instead, your trust was broken in the most horrible way. Now, instead of lifetime memories, you only have long-term devastation.
At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, we have been fighting for the rights of minors and adults for decades. Our PA Boy Scouts of America (BSA) sexual abuse lawyers are committed to those who were victimized by a scout leader or volunteer. We make sure your voice is not silenced and you receive justice from not only the predators that committed these terrible acts but from the institution that allowed it to occur.
Sexual Abuse Claims Against the Boy Scouts of America
In the 1980s and 1990s, there were nearly 2,000 reported cases of abuse within the Boy Scouts of America. To combat sexual abuse, the BSA created a sex abuse education and prevention program to address the issue. But it wasn’t enough to protect the youth.
In 2010, the BSA paid $18.5 million to a former scout from Oregon who was abused in the 1980s. That case created a window for more victims to come forward and seek justice.
Reports have come forward that children were exposed to fondling, pornography, and forced sexual activity. In an April 2019 court testimonial, the organization believed more than 7,800 former leaders were involved in sexually abusing more than 12,000 children over the course of 72 years.
And the list continues to grow.
On February 18, 2020, The Boy Scouts of America announced that the national organization filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue carrying out its mission for years to come. According to a press release, The BSA intends to use the Chapter 11 process to create a Victims Compensation Trust that would provide equitable compensation to victims.