In recent years, the grim extent of historical sexual abuse by the Boy Scouts of America has been laid bare. Between 2017 and 2019 alone, the Boy Scouts paid out $150 million in damages to victims of sexual abuse during their time in the organization.
If you have suffered abuse at the hands of the Scouts, now is your time to file a Boy Scout sexual abuse lawsuit and get the damages that you deserve. Due to the Boy Scouts of America filing for bankruptcy, a limited time window has been set up to allow victims to file a claim.
You have until 5pm on November 16, 2020, to file an abuse claim via the organization’s bankruptcy proceedings. After this, it may be more difficult to successfully sue the Boy Scouts. No matter how long ago you were abused, you can file a lawsuit. Read on to find out everything you need to know.
1. Who Can File a Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?
If you’re wishing to file a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America, it is important to note that you may have to fit certain criteria. When lodging a case with the Boy Scout bankruptcy proceedings, you will need to very broadly identify the nature of the abuse.
If you were sexually abused by an assistant troop leader, a camp employee, a volunteer, or another scout, you are eligible. In addition, if you have ever done one of the following then you should file a claim:
- Filed a previous sexual abuse claim against a Boy Scout member
- Experienced sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts but never reported it at the time
- Called the Scouts First official hotline
- Reported a claim of abuse on behalf of someone else
All of these broad criteria allow sexual abuse victims to come forward in a safe environment where your privacy is the priority.
2. What Information Do You Need?
You will need to provide some information when filing a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America. You should contact an experienced sexual abuse lawyer to ensure you have the right forms and paperwork to make your claim.
As this informational post explains, a lawyer will be able to walk you through the process, often without charging any upfront fees. To claim compensation from the Scouts, you will need to provide:
- Your membership history in the Boy Scouts of America, including when you were a member and your role in the organization
- The name of the person who abused you
- Information about the incident or incidents, including the nature of the abuse and where it happened
- A description of any material, physical, mental, and emotional harm you have suffered as a result of the abuse
- Information about your education, employment history, criminal record, etc.
Once you have provided this essential information, a lawyer will help you process your claim and get you the damages you deserve.
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