Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse

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For years, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been known for high moral standards and teaching young boys the skills they could apply in their everyday lives. Unfortunately, many of the adults associated with the Boy Scouts have not acted appropriately or lawfully towards the youth who are part of this organization. Sexual abuse instances have harmed and damaged boys all across the United States. Secret BSA files show that the Boy Scouts hid numerous sex abuse cases from the public for over a century.

Members of the Boy Scouts who have been physically or sexually assaulted will need an experienced personal injury lawyer for legal representation. Broughton Partners works to connect professional law firms with potential plaintiffs who meet the case criteria. As more and more victims courageously come forth with stories of how they were sexually abused while in the Boy Scouts, many more lawsuits will be forthcoming. The potential plaintiffs will be looking for an attorney who can help them file a Boy Scouts sexual abuse lawsuit. If your law firm is looking to help victims of sexual abuse, contact Broughton Partners today and start getting connected with Boy Scouts sexual abuse lawsuit leads.

About Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in the country. There are around 2.2 million youth members in the organization and since the beginning of BSA in 1910, over 35 million adults have lent their support by volunteering. There are currently around 800,000 volunteers in local councils across the nation.

The organization allows both boys and girls to join and divides its programs by age and activity:

  • Cub Scouting – Kindergarten to 5th grade
  • Scouts BSA – 6th grade to 12 grade
  • Venturing and Sea Scouting – Ages 14 to 20
  • Career-Oriented Exploring Programs – Ages 10 to 20.

There are also Traditional Scouting programs that are operated by local chartering organizations such as educational organizations and religious institutions. These local organizations help bring the Scouting program to their communities and are led by volunteers.

Sadly, many adult staff members and volunteers associated with Boy Scouts have acted inappropriately towards the youth who belong to the organization. Sexual abuse incidents have damaged and harmed boys and girls throughout the United States.

Boy Scouts Have Been Sexually Abused by Adult Members for Decades.

Around 8,000 Boy Scouts leaders have been accused of sexual abuse since 1944. There many more sexual abuse incidents that have occurred within BSA but they have not been reported.

Who Are The Sexual Abusers?

An adult who spends lots of time alone with young boys who belong to the Boy Scouts could be considered a suspect, but the Assistant Scoutmasters and lead Scoutmasters who directly work with the children are often the offenders in most cases.

Scoutmasters are adults employed with the Boy Scouts of America who are responsible for coaching, supporting, and supervising young boys.

The three Scoutmaster roles include the following:

  • Setting examples for the Scouts as a role model and mentor
  • Ensuring that the regulations and rules of the organization are followed
  • Helping Junior Leaders run their troops

Any Scoutmaster who is accused of sexually abusing a child within the organization is violating federal and state laws, and is in direct violation of the rules set forth by the Boy Scouts of America. Victims who have been harmed should pursue a sexual abuse lawsuit against the BSA and their abusers.

Traumatic Effects of Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse can leave victims with permanent debilitating and life-altering damage, which can contain a variety of mental, emotional, and physical symptoms and conditions. There isn’t a cure for most victims. They have to live with and manage the trauma and pain on their own for the rest of their lives.

Some physical conditions include:

  • Heart conditions
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Impaired sexual function
  • Complications with reproductive health
  • Obesity
  • Chronic Pain
  • Some mental conditions include:

Personality disorders

  • Sleep disorders such as insomnia
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Intimacy and relationship-building difficulties

Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

There is mounting evidence that shows that the Boy Scouts haven’t done nearly enough to protect the Scouts from sexual abuse. An internal file known as the “Perversion Files” cites over 8,000 Scoutmasters and other leaders who were accused of molesting young children over the last 50 years. These records include over 12,000 child molestation reports, which is a clear indication of an epidemic the organization was dealing with. They knew it and didn’t do much of anything to stop it.

A yearly report is supposed to be submitted to the United States Congress by the Boy Scouts charter. The organization has failed consistently to disclose the child molestation problems they’ve been facing for many years.

The good news is that brave survivors are coming forward to tell their stories in order to seek justice. These people have silently suffered for years with the devastating effects of the molestation and abuse they’ve endured. Some people have been suffering for over 40 years.

Another legally devastating development for the Boy Scouts is that many states have passed laws that prolong the statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases. This means that the Boy Scouts of America can be sued for abuse that happened a long time ago. One example of this is in New Jersey, where a bill was recently passed that lets victims file sexual abuse lawsuits up until age 65, or up to 7 years after they realize they were harmed during the abuse.

Boy Scouts of America is looking into filing for bankruptcy in order to avoid compensating its victims they didn’t protect. The window of opportunity to receive justice and monetary compensation is closing fast.

Timeline

1910

In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was formed. It was modeled after the Boy Scout Association in Britain.

1920s

In the 1920s, the Boy Scouts of America compiled reports of volunteers who were deemed not eligible to serve due to child sexual abuse claims.

1991

In 1991, The Washington Times published an investigation on Boy Scouts sexual abuse. The five-part article was titled “Scouts Honor”. Newspaper staff worked for over two years to prepare the series by reviewing personnel and internal records from the BSA, and interviewing over 200 people, including lawyers, sexual abuse experts, Scout leadership, families of victims, and molesters. The same author later published a book titled “Scout’s Honor: Sexual Abuse in America’s Most Trusted Institution”.

1998

In 1998, the Boy Scouts of America came up with a sexual abuse prevention and education program to address the problem called the Youth Protection program.

2007

In 2007, the Supreme Court in Washington state ordered the Boy Scouts of America to hand over documentation of sexual abuse by Scout leadership. The documents indicated that each year 180 leaders are removed, but many of the removals have to do with issues that are unrelated to child abuse.

2010

In 2010, a jury ordered the Boy Scouts of America to pay $18.5 million to a former boy scout who was abused in the 1980s. This was the largest monetary settlement in punitive damages for a child plaintiff in a sex abuse case in US history.

2012

In 2012, a court order forced the Boy Scouts of America to release 20,000 pages of documents on over 1,200 suspected child sex abuse cases within their organization between 1965 and 1985.

2019

In April 2019, Janet Warren, a professor at the University of Virginia, was hired by the Boy Scouts of America to investigate their sex abuse files. These files showed that over 12,254 minors had allegedly been sexually abused by 7,819 Scout leaders and Scoutmasters.

2020

In February 2020, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy, as their organization has become financially unstable due to the over 300 lawsuits from men who allege that they were sexually abused back when they were young Scouts.

References

Cara Kelly. “Boy Scouts face a ‘flood of litigation’ over child sexual abuse”, USA Today. Accessed April 6, 2020.

Eliana Dockterman. “These Men Say the Boy Scouts’ Sex Abuse Problem Is Worse Than Anyone Knew”, TIME USA, LLC. Accessed April 6, 2020.

James Russell Kretschme. “I was sexually abused as a Boy Scout. Thousands like me deserve a reckoning”, Vox Media. Accessed April 6, 2020.

NCTSN. “Effects”, The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Accessed April 6, 2020.

RAINN. “Effects of Sexual Violence”, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Accessed April 6, 2020.

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