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Boy Scouts Bankruptcy to Receive Additional 90k Sex Abuse Charges

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Sign with logo for Boy Scouts of America in the Silicon Valley, Foster City, California, April 11, 2020. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

Following the organization’s bankruptcy case, the Boy Scouts of America received a whopping number of nearly 90,000 sexual abuse allegations against them. The submission of these sexual charges commenced as the deadline for issuing claims against the organization arrives on Monday. According to attorneys, the total number of pressed charges counted 88,850. They disclosed the previously mentioned total number of cases a few hours before the 5 p.m. EST time limit.

Ever since the Boy Scouts appealed for bankruptcy protection last February of this year, the number of sexual abuse claims exceeds the United States lawyers’ preliminary projections to sign up clients to testify for the case investigation. The charges confirmed allegations of Scout leaders doing sexual assaults within the Boy Scouts institution for several decades.

In response to these accusations, the Boy Scouts group issued an official statement. According to them, the past sexual abuse inflicted on many victims within the Scouting left them devastated and heartbroken. Moreover, Boy Scouts got moved by multiple sufferers’ bravery coming out and speaking about their experiences.

The court meetings surrounding the group’s federal bankruptcy issue would steer into constructing a compensation subsidy. The endowment aims to finance those survivors whose sexual abuse claims got verified through a series of proceedings and testimonies. Despite this plan, the law court has not yet arrived at a final decision regarding the reimbursement budget’s potential size. Complex negotiations will determine the fixed compensation amount meant as payment to the Boy Scouts’ sexually abused victims.

Aligned with the repayment of financial aid, the Boys Scout group must contribute a minimal portion of its assets, including real estate and financial investments. Additionally, the Boys Scouts’ insurers would participate in the donation alongside the organization’s former financial institutions consisting of 260 corporations and the local council.

An Abused in Scouting lawyer named Andrew Van Arsdale revealed that over 16,000 people signed up for the claims. According to Arsdale, the Boys Scouts’ statewide advertising movement is the cause of the increased number of claimants. The said campaign lasted from August 31 to November 16, reminding the victims to apply for subsidy within the given dates to do so. Arsdale stated that Boys Scouts exhausted millions of dollars to urge victims to come forward. However, he also noted if the organization would stay true to its promise.

According to the Boys Scouts, the group purposefully created an accessible and open procedure meant to reach out to survivors and compensate for what they went through. Moreover, the group expressed their deepest regrets for victims who spoke up about their gut-wrenching stories. 

Most of the unresolved sexual abuse claims consist of those dating back to the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. Many of the sexual allegations occurred before the Boys Scouts association employed criminal background checks on their employees and volunteers to prevent terrifying crimes from happening within the group. It also includes a regulation that there should be two or more adult superiors present during projects.

The 110-year-old Boy Scouts, American civic life’s pillar for generations, felt painful for the group’s bankruptcy status. With the organizations’ funds exhausted by decreasing membership and sex abuse settlements, its finances peaked from the group’s 1970 4 million up to 2 million and below.

Since Monday, there were no additional sexual abuse charges pressed against the Boy Scouts. According to the 1,000 claimants’ legal representative attorney Jason Amala, the possibility of filing new claims against the institution is not far from over. Survivors coming from parts of California, New York, and New Jersey can file sexual abuse charges against local councils, provided that these states have victim-friendly statute-of-limitations ordinances.

To lawyer Paul Mones, the case needs a lot of time and effort to validate the sexual abuse charges directed against the organization. Mones contributed to the $19.9 million worth of sex abuse verdict victory against the Boys Scouts branch in Oregon in 2010.

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