Boy Scouts should be a safe and rewarding environment for boys. Instead, the institution covered up years of abuse and kept files documenting the presence in the organization of suspected child molesters.
Abused as a Boy Scout? We Can Help.
Most lawsuits against the Boy Scouts have been settled out of court, however, a recent Multnomah County jury awarded $19 million to a victim of sex abuse by a Boy Scout leader. As part of this trial, secret files that the Boy Scouts had maintained for decades became public record detailing how the organization covered up for sexual abusers. Those documents will help other victims to hold abusers accountable.
It’s difficult to determine the amount the Boy Scouts have paid out in sexual abuse cases because many settlements are confidential. The Boy Scouts of America listed total assets of $715 million in its 2008 annual report. The organization also said it had 2.8 million Scouts and 1.1 million adult leaders registered in its programs.
Part of making Boy Scouts safe again is holding it accountable for past wrongdoing. If you or someone you love was abused at the hands of someone affiliated with the Boy Scouts, call today to discuss your legal options.