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Recent laws passed by the North Carolina legislature give survivors of sexual abuse more opportunities than ever to tell their story and seek justice. These legal rights are especially important given the spate of recent cases concerning sexual abuse of minors in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization.
North Carolina maintains 11 Boy Scouts of America Councils, each of which is responsible for multiple districts and hundreds of packs. All told, hundreds of thousands of youth participants and adult volunteers have been a part of North Carolina’s scouting organizations over the past 100 years.
Unfortunately, these ranks include a number of adult volunteers known or suspected to have engaged in abusive acts with minors. In the “perversion list” maintained by the Boy Scouts of America, which was disclosed just a few years ago, 85 Boy Scout leaders from North Carolina were named. 15 were from chapter organizations in the greater Charlotte metro area.
It is critically important for survivors to come forward. This includes survivors who are currently still minors as well as adult survivors who have endured trauma in their past. Anyone who has suffered sexual abuse while in scouting could be eligible to file a personal injury claim. This claim seeks to recover damages for their mental anguish, pain and suffering, and necessary treatment.
Auger & Auger understands the trauma that can come from being a survivor of child sexual abuse. We want to provide you with a platform to tell your story and seek appropriate justice from all responsible parties. A Boy Scout abuse lawyer in North Carolina is ready and waiting to assist you with building your potential case.
Call 855-969-5671 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a North Carolina Boy Scouts abuse attorney today.
In December of 2019, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed into law an act that extended the statute of limitations for civil cases involving the sexual abuse of minors. The act provides them with a legal cause of action to pursue compensation for damages as part of a personal injury claim.
Officially, all survivors of abuse have until age 28 to bring forward a possible claim. If a perpetrator of abuse is convicted of a felony sexual offense related to their case, the survivor has a 2-year extension from the date of the conviction. Survivors who could not file a case in years past because of the existing 21 year age limit now have a 2-year revival window to re-open their claim.
Anyone who meets these criteria and who has suffered abuse during their participation in Boy Scouts activities now has the legal means to take action. They may be eligible to file a claim against the Boy Scouts of America or another related scouting organization.
Survivors who are currently minors under the age of 18 can file a claim through a parent or adult guardian representative. Adult individuals who have suffered abuse in the past now have a larger window than ever to seek justice.
Traditionally, your case will be heard in the jurisdiction in which the abuse occurred. This may mean that the statute of limitations has technically lapsed. However, some survivors of Boy Scouts abuse are petitioning to have their cases heard in a Washington D.C. court, where there is no time limit on filing a claim.
Even if you think you do not have the legal right to file a claim or a lawsuit, you deserve to have your story heard and to be informed of any legal actions available to you. You can speak with a North Carolina Boy Scouts abuse lawyer to learn about your options and to receive legal guidance for what steps you can take next.
You may have heard the Boy Scouts of America organization has filed for bankruptcy. This story is true, but it does not mean that the BSA Scouts organization no longer has to pay compensation to survivors of sexual abuse.
Chapter 11 bankruptcy agreements restructure debt while allowing eligible claimants to petition to receive their claim from the bankrupted organization. In other words, the Boy Scouts bankruptcy does not necessarily prevent you or anyone else from seeking damages.
Speak with an attorney as soon as possible to learn about the legal ramifications of the bankruptcy and how they might affect your personal case.
Past cases have clearly demonstrated that the Boy Scouts of America failed to take reasonable steps that could have prevented the sexual abuse of minors from occurring. The organization did not disclose their “perversion list” to parents, nor did they report all allegations of abuse to the proper law enforcement authority.
This negligence allowed individuals who should have been barred from the organization to remain within it or to volunteer in other chapters once they had been ejected. The Boy Scouts of America organization may have also failed to properly investigate volunteers before accepting them into the organization where they could cause harm to children.
Auger & Auger wants to provide you with an opportunity to have your voice heard and to seek appropriate compensation from all negligent parties. We work closely with survivors, protecting their identities and personal information according to their individual preferences.
If you have a story, we want to hear it. Taking steps today could mean walking a path towards the recovery of the damages you have suffered and, hopefully, towards healing the wounds of the past.
Call 855-969-5671 or contact us online now to schedule your free consultation with a compassionate and experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney.