Sexual Abuse within the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America hid allegations of sexual abuse within the organization for decades. Young boys suffered at the hands of their abusers for years without receiving any justice for what they had endured.
Lawsuits have been filed against the Boy Scouts of America for their part in hiding instances of child sexual abuse from the public and allowing predators access to vulnerable children.
Unfortunately, young kids are likely to become victims of sexual abuse. Most can’t defend themselves from an attack. Others feel too ashamed or scared to come forward and admit what happened to them. Many don’t think anyone will believe them, and they believe their abuser will retaliate with additional abuse and physical harm.
Common Types of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse of children can take a range of different forms. Most people think physical contact must take place for it to be considered abuse. However, sexual abuse can occur even in the absence of touching someone in a sexual manner.
The most common types of childhood sexual abuse include:
- Sexual contact of any kind, including oral, anal, and vaginal
- Pressuring a minor to engage in sexual acts
- Producing, owning, or distributing child pornography
- Forcing a child to touch a person inappropriately
- Exposing oneself to a child
- Masturbating or forcing the child to masturbate
- Coercing a minor to undress
- Sexual communication by phone, text, or email
- Taking explicit pictures or videos of a child
Compensation Available for Boy Scout Abuse Victims
When a child is forced to endure sexual abuse, they face not only physical injuries but psychological trauma as well. The long-term consequences of abuse can affect every part of a person’s life. Even after entering adulthood, the emotional scars might persist.
The financial recovery you pursue for yourself or your child could compensate you for various losses, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
You could also seek punitive damages in your lawsuit. Your case must meet these requirements to qualify for this form of compensation:
- Malice, fraud, or willful or wanton conduct must have existed and led to the injury sustained during the abuse; and
- The defendant is liable for compensation for the losses suffered.
The individual responsible for the sexual abuse isn’t the only party you could hold liable. You could also seek compensation from the Boy Scouts of America for their role in the incident. The organization placed its reputation over the safety of innocent boys. The entity and people at fault for the abuse should face the consequences of their actions.
Filing a Lawsuit Against the Boy Scouts of America
If you’re a minor and want to pursue legal action yourself, you could file a lawsuit when you turn 18 years old. Additionally, if you suffered sexual abuse as a minor in the Boy Scouts of America, you could initiate your civil lawsuit until you turn 50 years old. Call the compassionate attorneys of DeMayo Law Offices to learn more about when you must file.
Let DeMayo Law Offices Help You Fight for Justice
Whether you or your child suffered childhood sexual abuse, you deserve to hold the Boy Scouts of America liable for their egregious acts. The organization didn’t take the necessary precautions to prevent sexual abuse from occurring and went as far as to hide what was happening so the perpetrators could continue to prey on young boys.
At DeMayo Law Offices, we take cases like this seriously. You can depend on our legal team to remain in your corner from start to finish of the legal process. We will use our experience and resources to fight for your rights and pursue the maximum compensation possible.
We’ve resolved over 92,000 cases for our clients and have obtained more than $1 billion in settlements and awards. We have more than 150 years of experience among us, and we’re dedicated to helping our clients obtain the justice they deserve.
We will listen carefully to the details of your case and use our vast experience to create a legal strategy that has the best chances of success. We won’t take any action in your case without y our approval and agreement. You will be our priority while we’re working on your case.
If you or your child were abused while a member of the Boy Scouts of America, do not hesitate to contact DeMayo Law Offices to discuss your case and learn whether you’re eligible to file a lawsuit. Call us for a free consultation at (877) 333-1000 right now.