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.
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 justice can be an empowering way to further healing.
Contact a scout abuse lawyer
If you choose to come forward to report sexual abuse, we can help. We understand that sexual abuse is a sensitive issue and will do everything in our power to protect your identity if you wish. Complete this form or call 1.888.221.4122 to discuss a potential claim or if you have questions about legal options.
Boy Scouts bankruptcy background
Thousands of sexual abuse survivors have filed litigation across the country accusing 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.
The Boy Scouts filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in February 2020 amid child sexual abuse lawsuits. 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 filing and impending claims process allow any survivors nationwide to file a claim against the Boy Scouts of America and their state and local entities. 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.
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.
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Facts for families of childhood sexual abuse victims from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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