Published: Tue, February 18, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

The Boy Scouts Just Declared Bankruptcy to Avoid Sex Abuse Lawsuits. Whoops

The Boy Scouts Just Declared Bankruptcy to Avoid Sex Abuse Lawsuits. Whoops

Mascolo said he told clients that one positive from the bankruptcy is the cases will most likely be resolved quicker than if they were litigated in state court, which can often be a lengthy and tumultuous process for victims.

"If the largest, most influential youth organization in the history of the United States can buckle under the weight of sexual abuse allegations, then every church, school, [and] youth organization should take heed of this because if they don't they do so at their own peril", said Paul Mones, a lawyer in an OR lawsuit that resulted in a almost $20 million jury verdict against the Scouts in 2010.

Lawsuits against the group have multiplied in recent years, thanks in part to state legislative changes that have increased the statute of limitations for cases of sexual abuse against minors. When the young boy refused payment for doing a good deed, Boyce was inspired to bring the movement to the U.S. He merged several youth organizations, including the Woodcraft Indians and the Sons of Daniel Boone, to form the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910. They pledged to be obedient, pledged to support the Scouts and pledged to be honorable. "We wanted to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward", Surbaugh said at the time of the announcement.

"For years, organizations like the Boy Scouts counted on these laws protecting them", says Paul Mones, an attorney in Los Angeles who is representing many men who are suing the Boy Scouts.

Several of the lawsuits allege repeated fondling, exposure to pornography, and forced anal or oral sex.

"We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to harm innocent children, " said Roger Mosby, the Boy Scouts' president and CEO.

Faced with hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy. Many of its largest partner organizations ditched the BSA over membership controversies.

BSA filed a petition Tuesday in DE bankruptcy court declaring chapter 11 bankruptcy; the filing will put an immediate freeze on lawsuits filed against the organization alleging sexual misconduct.

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The Boy Scouts had been exploring the possibility of bankruptcy since at least December 2018, when the group hired a law firm for a possible Chapter 11 filing.

"They won't have to give depositions involving their life history".

The filing was made in DE, and is expected to set a new deadline for victims' claims to be made.

"The Catholic bankruptcies are limited in geographic scope".

"You're talking about thousands of perpetrators".

"I want you to know that we believe you, we believe in compensating you, and we have programs in place to pay for counseling for you and your family", Jim Turley, the national chair of the Boy Scouts, wrote in a letter declaring the organization's bankruptcy.

The group suffered another blow at the start of 2020 when one of its biggest supporters - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - started its own youth organization and pulled 400,000 members out of the Scouts.

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