Four men have filed charges against the Boy Scouts of America over sex abuse they allegedly suffered at the hands of a pedophile scout leader in the 1970’s. Sadly, a number of similar cases involving Boy Scout sexual abuse have sprung up around the country, and many more are expected in the near future. The Sexual Abuse Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP are currently accepting potential lawsuits on behalf of victims injured by Boy Scouts sexual abuse.
Update: Boy Scouts, LDS Settle Nearly 20 Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
December 28, 2018 – A total of 19 lawsuits accusing the Boy Scouts of America and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) of harboring child molesters and systematically covering up decades of abuse have settled in civil court. The suits alleged that the Boy Scouts kept files on Scoutmasters accused of sexual misconduct, but failed to pass this vital information on to parents of children enrolled in the organization. The suits also contend that the scope of abuse was common knowledge within the Boy Scouts’ upper echelon, and that officials were aware of child molesters in their ranks, but kept that information a secret from law enforcement and families.
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September 13, 2011 – The sexual abuse complaints, which were filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon, allege that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) committed negligence and fraud in regards to the repeated molestation of the defendants, then aged 12 to 15.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the new claim is just the latest in a rash of similar cases to plague the Boy Scouts since the organization was found liable and ordered to pay nearly $20 million in 2010 for a sexual abuse claim from the 1980s. Just last week, a separate case was brought against the Boy Scouts on behalf of five women who claim they were molested by a scout leader in Montana during the 1970s.
The two new cases bring the total to at least 35 individuals who have filed sex abuse lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America in 11 states since 2007. For their part, BSA officials have stated that allegations of sexual abuse over the years represent an extremely small fraction of the organization’s more than one million adult volunteers.
The building controversy has damaged the once wholesome image of the century-old volunteer organization whose mission it is to build good character, citizenship and personal fitness among its nearly three million youth members. In 2010 alone, the BSA reported cash and other assets exceeding $1 billion from sources that included dues, fund raisers, corporate giving and private donations.
Last year’s trial in Portland shed light on records kept by the Boy Scouts of America regarding sexual abuse by BSA members. In that case, the jury was allowed to review some 20,000 pages from what were deemed ‘perversion files’ or ‘ineligible volunteer files’ dating from 1965 to 1985 before reaching a decision.
The files indicate that during those two decades, an average of about 60 Boy Scout leaders and volunteers a year were discovered to have committed sexual abuse. The BSA has vigorously disputed these statistics, and is fighting to keep the documents from being released to the public.
The four plaintiffs bringing suit against the Boy Scouts in the new case allege that they were molested by then-scoutmaster Steven Terry Hill, who was appointed to the position even though the BSA was aware that he had been accused of molesting three other boys while serving as a scoutmaster in California. The suit also claims that the organization was aware that Hill was molesting the plaintiffs in Portland’s Troop 76 but did nothing to stop it.
In the late 1970’s, Hill was acquitted of sexual abuse charges in Portland. However, in 1991 he was convicted on four counts of sodomy and furnishing narcotics and alcohol in an unrelated case involving a minor. Hill was released earlier this year after spending 20 years in prison.
James Hopper, a clinical psychology instructor at Harvard Medical School, stated that it is not unusual for victims of sexual abuse to wait many years to reveal the crimes committed against them, especially for males, who typically feel great shame from their ordeals.
‘You have stories of abuse emerging from the Catholic Church and other institutions; now it’s the Boy Scouts’ turn,’ he said.
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Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Update 9/26/12: This week, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced that it will review its secret files to ensure that all acts of sexual abuse and molestation committed within its ranks over the past 47 years have been reported to the proper authorities. The move marks the first time in the organization’s hundred year history that it has conducted a thorough analysis of its so-called ‘perversion files’, a blacklist used for keeping sexual predators out of the Boy Scouts. Click here to learn more.
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