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The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is currently facing thousands of lawsuits from men who allege they were sexually abused by Scout leaders during their time in Scouting as children. The organization sought bankruptcy protection in February 2020, citing a $150 million burden of settlements with victims of the alleged abuse. According to BSA, the restructuring was initiated to ensure equitable compensation to abuse victims and will include the creation of a Victims Compensation Trust to be financed in part by insurance claim proceeds.
Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts has become one of the largest scouting organizations in the U.S. The organization reports that is has served more than 130 million participants over the years and currently has about 2.2 million members in 81,000 units across the country. Current estimates of the number of potential abuse claims have been as high as 95,000, the majority of which involving alleged offenses from 30 or more years ago.
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Jim Turley, National Chair of the Boys Scouts of America, issued an open letter to victims of abuse a day prior to the bankruptcy filing. “As a father, a former Scout, and the National Chair of the Boy Scouts of America, I am truly heartbroken that you were harmed during your time in Scouting and that you carry unfathomable pain,” the letter reads. Turley continues, “On behalf of myself and the entire Scouting community: I am sorry. I am devastated that there were times in the past when we failed the very children we were supposed to protect.”
The letter encourages all victims to come forward and outlines BSA’s plan to support and compensate such victims, specifically through a proposed Victim’s Compensation Trust. “I want you to know that we believe you, we believe in compensating you, and we have programs in place to pay for counseling for you and your family by a provider of your choice,” Turley adds. “I encourage you, and all victims to come forwards and file claims so you can receive compensation from this Trust.”
If you or a loved one are a survivor of sexual abuse during your time as a Scout, please know that you are not alone and there are resources available to you. You may also be entitled to financial compensation by filing a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America.
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