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Though scouting has been a proud tradition in South Carolina since the early 20th century, recent reports have shown that the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have a long history of sexually abusing participants. In February 2020, the overwhelming number of lawsuits against the organization forced the Boy Scouts to file for bankruptcy.
The Boy Scouts abuse lawyers at Auger & Auger are dedicated to helping victims get the compensation they deserve if they have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of the organization. While no amount of money can possibly undo the damage done by the Boy Scouts of America, filing a lawsuit and seeking compensation can hold them accountable for the terrible crimes the leaders in the organization committed.
Our lawyers are passionate about fighting for survivors’ rights, and we’re always here to talk to you. Call us at 855-969-5671 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Boy Scouts abuse lawyer in South Carolina today.
There are currently six local Boy Scouts councils throughout South Carolina, covering dozens of smaller districts. There are thousands of Boy Scouts throughout the state and thousands more that were Scouts in the past. This means there are potentially thousands of sexual abuse victims in South Carolina, and our Boy Scouts abuse lawyers are here to represent every single one.
Recent reports have shown that the Boy Scouts of America have kept so-called “perversion files,” which name 7,819 scout leaders that have allegedly sexually abused boys in the program. In addition, the files name 12,254 alleged victims. The files date back to 1944 and were recently locked away. However, the truth was brought forward by a doctor who worked with the Boy Scouts to evaluate how the organization handled sexual abuse.
Of course, these documents may not tell the full story of the terrible history of sexual abuse perpetrated by Boy Scouts leaders. Many victims may not have come forward for a variety of reasons, and if the victims didn’t come forward, the abusive leaders may not have been noted.
Because the Boy Scouts of America have filed for bankruptcy, the process of filing a lawsuit against them for compensation is more complicated. However, it’s by no means impossible. Bankruptcy means different things in different contexts. In this case, the Boy Scouts of America have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and they will set up a trust to pay out compensation claims.
The organization has assets totaling an estimated $1.4 billion. As such, they have the funds to pay compensation to victims, even after filing for bankruptcy. However, victims must file a lawsuit by a certain date, which so far has not been announced.
If you or a loved one was the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a Boy Scouts leader, we’re here to help set things right. We can file a lawsuit on your behalf to ensure you get the compensation you and your family deserve.
We know how difficult it can be to revisit this terrible time in your family’s life. But with the help of a South Carolina Boy Scouts abuse lawyer, you can have this matter handled quickly and quietly so you can move on with your life. Call us at 855-969-5671 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Boy Scouts abuse lawyer in South Carolina today.