Boy Scouts Sex Abuse
Morgan & Morgan attorneys are helping victims who suffered child sexual abuse as a Boy Scout or while participating in Boy Scouts programs.
Boy Scouts of America has been one of the most important community and social institutions in the U.S. for more than a century. Its stated mission is to teach children how to be moral and ethical adults by learning and following the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tens of millions of American children, including four presidents, have been Scouts, and for most of those children, it was a positive life experience.
But not for all.
Over the last few years, hundreds of former Scouts have accused their former scoutmasters and other leaders of sexual abuse. As the nation’s attitude toward survivors of child sexual abuse has become more supportive, and with a legal system more willing to take their stories seriously, long-silent victims have found the courage to come forward.
If you or a loved was a victim of child sexual abuse while in the Boy Scouts, Morgan & Morgan would like to help you seek justice and compensation. Please contact us right away for a free, no-obligation consultation. We handle cases with sensitivity and care, and we are committed to protecting your privacy and confidentiality.
Scouts were victimized by the leaders they trusted to show them the way to live their lives — in a place of friendship and one in which their parents thought they were safe. The violation of this innocent faith is a monstrous act, and the failure to protect these children is unforgivable.
They Could Have Done More
The evidence of failure by the Boy Scouts organization to do enough to protect the children in its charge from these traumatizing experiences is mounting. The existence of an internal file called the “Perversion List,” which cites more than 8,000 scoutmasters and other leaders who have been credibly accused of child molestation over more than a half-century, has been discovered. Records indicating reports of molestation of over 12,000 children have been found. The Boy Scouts had a child molestation epidemic on its hands, and it knew it, and it did not do enough to stop it.
The Boy Scouts charter requires it to make a report to the U.S. Congress every year. The organization has consistently failed to disclose in this report the child molestation problem it has faced.
But the story is finally being told, thanks to the brave survivors coming forward and seeking justice. These are people who have been suffering in silence with the devastating effects of the abuse and molestation they suffered, some of them for 40 years or more.
The Devastating Effects of Child Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse of children can leave the victims with life-altering and lifelong debilitating damage. This harm can run the gamut of physical, emotional, and mental conditions and symptoms. For many victims, there is no lasting cure, only a lifetime of managing the pain and trauma.
Common physical conditions and symptoms include:
- Chronic pain
- Reproductive health complications
- Hampered sexual function
- Gastrointestinal health disorders
- Heart conditions
Common emotional and mental conditions and symptoms include:
- Relationship-building and intimacy dysfunction
- Eating disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sleep disorders, including insomnia
- Personality disorders
If you or a loved one has dealt with any of these complications as a result of child sexual abuse suffered as a Scout, know that you have the right to demand justice and compensation.
The Time Is Now
Morgan & Morgan has successfully fought for the victims of child sexual abuse for decades, including against large and powerful institutions such as the Catholic Church. We know what it takes to win these cases, and we know how to work for survivors with sensitivity and care, as well as the utmost privacy and confidentiality.
The time is now. The Boy Scouts organization is considering bankruptcy as a means to avoid compensating the victims it failed to protect, so the opportunity to win some measure of justice and payment may not last forever.
Contact us today to set up a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. We want to fight for you.
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