Hundreds of former boy scouts are now suing Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for sexual abuse that occurred while they were in the care of the organization. Some of the sex abuse happened many decades ago, while other cases are more recent.
If you suffered sexual abuse as a boy scout, you too could be suing the organization for a financial award. If you are thinking about initiating any legal action, the time is now. Since the BSA filed for bankruptcy recently, the clock is now ticking down. The bankruptcy court will likely soon set a deadline for boy scout sex abuse claims. Once the deadline passes, it may be too late for any sexually abused victims to get justice and compensation.
Many states around the country are helping victims of sex abuse by suspending statutes of limitations for a year or more. Statutes of limitations, which differ by state, typically set certain timeframes in which survivors can file sexual abuse lawsuits. This may have left former boy scouts unable to seek legal recourse for the sexual abuse they suffered decades ago. Many of these victims now have the opportunity to use a new window of time to file a sexual abuse claim against the boy scouts.
If you suffered abuse as a boy scout, contact us to find out about your eligibility to claim compensation.
The Effects of Childhood Sex Abuse
Childhood sexual abuse can have lifelong detrimental physical and psychological impacts on a survivor. Some of the effects can take months or even years to emerge after the abuse. Some of the physical conditions that sexual abuse victims can suffer from are, among others, irritable bowel, chronic pain, and sexual disorders.
The psychological effects from being abused sexually can lead to eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. Sexual abuse in childhood can also have a consequence on the ability to form relationships and maintain relationships. Maintaining intimate relationships can be particularly difficult for sexual abuse survivors. Many victims have to deal with some of the consequences of sex abuse for a lifetime.
The Time to Take Legal Action Is Now Against the Boy Scouts
While decades ago, it possibly felt more difficult for a child and parents to bring forward a sexual abuse lawsuit against a well-respected scout leader, society’s attitude towards sex abuse changed in recent years. The sexually abused victims are finally heard and their suffering and pain, as well as the devastating long-term consequences of abuse, is now recognized. The legal system followed suit and is giving victims the opportunity to come forward now, even if the abuse occurred many decades ago.
If you or someone you love suffered abuse within the BSA organization, you could receive compensation even after many years. While this cannot bring back your childhood and erase memories, it can help with expenses you possibly incurred as a result of the boy scout abuse, for example for medical bills or therapy.
It can also be a relief to finally have the opportunity to hold the responsible parties to account, as well as stopping them from committing further egregious acts. The sexual abusers within the BSA organization allegedly committed criminal acts and, in some instances, got away with these crimes for decades.
Reach Out to Us Today for Support with Your Sex Abuse Claim
You do not have to handle everything on your own. We can help you hold an abuser to justice. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm treats the survivors of sexual abuse cases with the care and sensitivity that they deserve, and we guarantee confidentiality. Call us today at (800) 794-0444 for a free consultation and we can determine whether you have a case.