Sexual Abuse Victims of the Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scouts File for Bankruptcy: What Does It Mean for Abuse Survivors?
On February 18, 2020, the Boy Scouts filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a result of lawsuits brought by survivors of childhood sexual abuse. We had filed many of those lawsuits on behalf of our clients and we will be actively involved with the bankruptcy proceedings.
If you were abused by a Scout leader please know a “bankruptcy” only means the Boy Scouts are facing so many lawsuits that they need a bankruptcy judge to decide a fair way to divide their substantial assets and insurance among the abuse survivors who file claims. Some reports state the Boy Scouts have more than $1 billion in assets that may be available to compensate abuse survivors, plus their insurance. In order to quality for compensation you must file a claim with the bankruptcy court and you will likely need to file a claim by a “bar date” deadline that is set by the bankruptcy judge. The deadline may be significantly shorter than the time you would otherwise have to file a claim under state law, which we believe is one of the reasons the Boy Scouts have filed for bankruptcy.
You can also read the bankruptcy petitions and our answers to frequently asked questions by clicking here.
If you or someone you love was sexually abused by a Scout leader or someone associated with the Scouts please contact us to learn your options and to ensure your rights are protected.
What are boy scouts sex abuse cases?
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States. It is supposed to be a safe place for youth to learn, play and socialize. When leaders and volunteers abuse the boys they are there to mentor, they do irreparable harm, instead. A lawsuit can help heal and provide the resources to get the help that may be needed.
There are almost 2.7 million youth members of the BSA and over 1 million adult volunteers?
Boy Scout Sex Abuse Lawsuit Examples
In 2010, the BSA was ordered to pay $18.5 million to a scout who had been abused as a child in the 1980’s. This case is thought to be the largest punitive damages award to a single plaintiff in a child abuse case in US history.
Another BSA sex abuse case was conducted in Waterbury, CT. In this case the jury awarded a former boy scout $7 million in compensatory damages, and a further $5 million for punitive damages for the sexual assault that he suffered at the hands of his boy scout youth leader in the 1970’s.
How can PCVA help?
Our team of knowledgeable attorneys will do everything they can to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse. If you or your loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse within the BSA then contact us today so that we can investigate your case and get you the compensation that you deserve.