Newly released documents from the Boy Scouts of America show that the BSA recorded at least 12,000 sexual abuse cases since the 1940s. The actual numbers could be much higher since sexual abuse often goes unreported.
If you have suffered abuse, you are not alone. You can submit a claim to the Boy Scouts of America for compensation. Because the BSA has recently declared bankruptcy, each abuse survivor must file any claim against the BSA before November 16, 2020 or you will lose eligibility to receive any compensation.
Both sexual and physical abuse survivors can submit claims for compensation. It doesn’t matter if your abuser was a Scout leader, another Scout, an assistant Scout leader or a volunteer. Regardless of whether you reported your abuse or not or if you have passed the statute of limitations and your abuse happened many years ago, you should still submit a claim to the bankruptcy court. If your abuse occurred while participating in other Scout activities, including the Explorer and Venturing programs, Sea Scouting, and Cub Scouts, you are also eligible for compensation.
Support for Abuse Survivors
Often, sexual abuse survivors suffer in silence. Even if your abuse happened many years ago, it can still be traumatic to open up about it. Consider reaching out to a therapist, a local rape crisis center or one of many sexual abuse support centers during this process. Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA), Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR), and Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) all offer support and advice to sexual abuse victims.
What to Know about Working with a Lawyer
A conscientious and compassionate lawyer can help you understand the process and ensure you don’t miss deadlines. Sometimes, describing traumatic events can be challenging. An attorney can help you state your claim clearly.