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Abuse in Scouting

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Almost since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has been aware of accusations of sexual abuse involving Scoutmasters, Scout leaders, volunteer and employees. Attorneys are now investigating lawsuits against the BSA for failing to prevent child sexual abuse within its organization.

Thousands of former Boy Scouts have been victims of sexual abuse that they suffered as young members of the Boy Scouts of America, an organization that bills itself as a place where young boys can learn survival skills and the value of teamwork. For decades, the BSA has attracted and protected pedophiles who used their position of trust and leadership as Scoutmasters and Scout leaders to prey on and abuse vulnerable children. Much of this abuse was never reported to the authorities, and in cases where the abuse was reported, little was done to protect the victims or other Scouts from new or continued abuse perpetrated by the same predators. If you or someone you know suffered sexual abuse in Scouting as a child, you may be eligible for compensation through a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America. There are new laws that make it easier for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse to pursue claims against their abusers and the institutions that allowed the abuse to occur, so don’t wait to call our consumer advocates to review your legal options.

Why We Think Boy Scouts of America Should Be Held Liable for Abuse in Scouting

The Boy Scouts of America faces thousands of lawsuits filed by former Scouts who allege that they were molested or sexually abused by Scoutmasters, Scout leaders, volunteers and employees of the organization as children. Among other allegations, the Boy Scouts sexual abuse lawsuits contend that:

  • Scoutmasters and other Scout leaders sexually abused minors in their care
  • The BSA has known for decades that sexual predators existed within their ranks, yet avoided acknowledging the danger these pedophiles posed to young Scouts
  • Kept secret “perversion files” on men within the BSA who were known or suspected pedophiles
  • Made an effort to conceal reports of sexual abuse within the BSA
  • Failed to report instances of child sexual abuse to the authorities
  • Failed to prevent known abusers from rejoining the BSA
  • Put millions of Scouts nationwide at risk for sexual abuse

What should you do? If you were the victim of childhood sexual abuse as a Boy Scout, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss filing a sex abuse lawsuit.

Adult victims of childhood sexual abuse are at risk for anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and other problems that could have been avoided had the victims been protected from sexual abuse by the BSA. If you or someone you love suffered sexual abuse as a Boy Scout, don’t hesitate to seek legal help. Contact our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation today to find out if you may be eligible for compensation through a Boy Scouts sexual abuse lawsuit.

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