No one wants anything bad to happen to their child, especially when they put them in the care of an organization they think they can trust.
The Boy Scouts of America are known for being an organization that provides hands-on learning and wholesome activities for boys across the country. They have approximately 2.1 million youths registered with their program and 1 million adults who volunteer to support the program.
Unfortunately, not all of the adults working with the association have acted appropriately and there have been many cases of abuse reported over the years.
Find out more about these cases and what your rights are if you or your child is a victim of abuse.
The Perversion Files
The Boy Scouts association with sexual abuse seems to have escalated over recent years, but for the organization, this type of misconduct is nothing new.
The Boy Scouts have been maintaining an internal filing system from the 1920s to the present day to keep track of scout leaders accused of misconduct and sexual abuse. These “Ineligible Volunteer Files” are also known as the Perversion Files. They serve as proof that the BSA knows about the sexual abuse of children with its organization.
In the fall of 2012, the Perversion Files from the years 1965 to 1985 became public. They are often used in court cases throughout the country.
Boy Scouts Duty of Care
When a boy scout is a victim of abuse, it is not only the perpetrator who can be convicted but the entire organization.
The Boy Scouts is a legal entity with a duty of care to keep all the youth in their charge safe. Therefore, if one of the adults responsible for caring for their youth is found to have acted unlawfully, the organization must come forward to act legally. Both the organization and the perpetrator can be sued for injuries, damages, and losses sustained by the sexual abuse victim.
Statute of Limitations of a Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Case
In most legal matters, there is a statute of limitations put in place. This means that the plaintiff must take action against the defendant within a certain amount of time to become compensated in a court of law.
Civil law classifies a child’s sexual abuse case as a personal injury. However, the statute of limitations differs from personal injury cases as the law increased the time frame for seeking compensation in children’s sexual abuse cases. Victims are now permitted to sue for damages five years after they reach the age of 18.
Minors may also pursue a lawsuit, however, the case must be brought by an adult on his behalf. This adult will usually be a parent or legal guardian.
Boy Scouts Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
In addition to the statute of limitations, victims should be aware that the Boy Scouts of America announced its filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Feb. 17, 2020. On May 26, 2020, the bankruptcy court set a claims bar date marking a deadline for survivors of Boy Scout child abuse to follow claim. That deadline is Nov. 16, 2020.
If you or your child was abused while under the care of the Boy Scouts of America, it is imperative to act quickly to get the compensation you deserve.
Compensation for a Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Case
The type of compensation you can get from a boy scout sexual abuse lawsuit varies from case to case. Typically, damages include mental anguish, pain and suffering, and physical injury.
Punitive damages can also come into play. These are awarded to punish a defendant for outrageous conduct in the hopes that it will deter them from committing the act again. Punitive damages are paid on top of other losses.
Largest Punitive Damage in Boy Scout History
Unfortunately, there have been many cases of sexual abuse in the history of the Boy Scouts. The one which resulted in the largest punitive damage payout occurred in 2010.
In the case of Lewis vs. The Boy Scouts of America in Oregon, $18.5 million was awarded when a serial child molester whose conduct the organization was aware of, was permitted to continue to serve as a Scout Master.
Finding the Right Lawyer for Your Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Case
Initiating a sexual abuse lawsuit can be difficult, especially when there is a child involved. However, it is a necessary step in getting the closure and compensation you need. It can also protect potential future victims.
If you are looking to file a Boy Scouts lawsuit in the Kansas City, MO area, the Krause & Kinsman law team is recommended.
Krause & Kinsman have years of experience dealing with personal injury and sexual abuse cases. They treat all their clients with the utmost care and compassion. They will fight aggressively to see to it that justice is served.
Sexual abuse is one of the most heinous crimes that can be committed, especially when the victim is a child. if you were a victim of Boy Scouts’ sexual abuse, the clock is running out.
Don’t let predators get away with it. Call the Krause & Kinsman team to make sure these criminals get what they deserve.