Human Rights

Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Claim

No longer accepting claims for this case

For decades, millions of families have trusted the Boy Scouts of America to lead and nurture their sons, but for an untold number of boys, that trust was met with betrayal in the form of sexual abuse by scout leaders. Survivors and their families are coming forward.


BSA childhood sexual abuse survivors seeking compensation must file their claims through the Boy Scouts of America Chapter 11 bankruptcy process before the official bar date of 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 16, 2020. While corporate bankruptcies can be daunting, a knowledgeable attorney can guide you through the process and help you decide what’s best for you. Please visit BSA’s claims and noticing agent website for more information on the claims process.

We understand that trauma cannot be undone and that coming forward with allegations of child sexual abuse is difficult for both survivors and their families. For some men, however, seeking acknowledgement of the abuse, and possibly compensation, can be an empowering way to further healing. Thousands of men have already taken this step and through the Boy Scouts’ Bankruptcy claims process, any BSA childhood sexual abuse survivor anywhere may seek compensation if they file their claim before the official bar date of 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 16, 2020.

Motley Rice plays a significant role in the bankruptcy proceeding and negotiations on behalf of a group of firms representing thousands of survivors, referred to as The Coalition of Abused Scouts for Justice.

Boy Scouts bankruptcy background

Thousands of sexual abuse survivors from across the country accuse Boy Scouts of America of failing to uphold its own values-based ideals and its obligation to protect the boys entrusted to its care. We believe that by covering up abuse, the Boy Scouts allowed abusers to prey on unsuspecting children in alarming numbers, seemingly unchecked by law enforcement.

In February 2020 in the wake of  hundreds of hundreds of childhood sexual abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The bankruptcy process can pose complex challenges for survivors seeking to be heard, but we are ready to help guide survivors toward justice and accountability.

The bankruptcy claims process lets any survivor file a claim in bankruptcy court for compensation from the Boy Scouts of America and Delaware BSA, LLC. Motley Rice can help you do that.

Our sexual abuse and bankruptcy experience

Our attorneys have experience representing survivors of child sexual abuse who seek to hold their abusers and abuse enablers accountable under newly enacted “window” laws. However, because the BSA filed for bankruptcy, the claims process will allow any survivor living anywhere in the U.S. to file a claim through the court-established bankruptcy process.

Our attorneys currently represent several survivors in litigation filed under New York’s Child Victims Act who allege sexual abuse by clergy members. We also reached confidential settlements for two John Does who alleged they were abused by Skip ReVille, a former Charleston, S.C., teacher, foster parent, coach and church youth group leader, who pled guilty in 2012 to the sexual assault of 23 boys, although the number is believed to be much higher.

Read more on our experience litigating child sexual abuse cases.

In addition to representing sexual abuse survivors, our attorneys also have experience guiding clients through the claims process in complex bankruptcy court proceedings, including decades of experience negotiating settlements with dozens of bankrupted asbestos companies that established asbestos trusts to compensate victims, and we assisted victims of Takata airbags. Read more on how our attorneys pioneered asbestos litigation in the 1970s and our depth of experience navigating the bankruptcy trust process.

Medical and Therapeutic Resources

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline
Darkness to Light
Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center
Dorchester Children's Center
National Crime Victims Center at MUSC


Child Abuse Prevention

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