Boy Scout Childhood Abuse
Over the past several years, the Boy Scouts of America have been named in childhood abuse lawsuits in states throughout the U.S. It’s becoming apparent that, like so many other powerful institutions, the leadership of the Boys Scouts placed a higher priority on concealing abuse than protecting children. Records kept by the Boy Scouts indicate that as many as 5,100 adult leaders nationwide were ejected from the organization over sexual abuse allegations since 1946. Yet the Boy Scouts rarely reported childhood abuse allegations to law enforcement agencies.
At Alonso Krangle, LLP we understand how devastating child abuse can be when the perpetrator is a trusted scoutmaster. Our personal injury lawyers consider childhood abuse cases to be among the most important types of claims we handle. We know that pursuing a childhood abuse lawsuit is never an easy decision, and all of our attorneys understand that these cases need to be handled with the highest level of sensitivity and compassion. Should you decide to pursue a Boy Scout childhood abuse lawsuit, you can be assured that Alonso Krangle, LLP will be at your side every step of the way to ensure your rights are protected and justice is achieved.
Boy Scout Childhood Abuse Cover-up
Being a member of a Boy Scout troop should be a rewarding experience for a child. The Boy Scouts of America has always presented itself as an organization that upholds the highest ideals of morality and good citizenship. But in reality, many Boy Scout leaders, not to mention the organization’s hierarchy, have repeatedly fallen short of those ideals when it comes to keeping children safe from abuse. Thanks to lawsuits filed by adult survivors of Boy Scout childhood abuse, the organization’s decades-long efforts to conceal records of misconduct and documentation of sexual molestation by scoutmasters against children has finally come to light.
In one key lawsuit which ended with a record $18.5 million verdict against the Boy Scouts of America, it was learned that since the 1920s, the organization meticulously kept so-called “perversion files” that detailed sexual misconduct allegations made against scoutmasters. The records reveal that the Scouts have thrown out at least 5,100 adult leaders nationwide for sexual abuse allegations since 1946. In the most recent 15-year period covered by the files, the organization kicked out leaders over childhood abuse allegations at a rate of once every other day.
Despite having knowledge of childhood abuse committed by Boy Scout leaders, it was rare for the organization to ever contact law enforcement authorities. Around the country, local Boy Scout councils failed to adequately screen many of the men who volunteered to work with the organization. In some cases, this allowed abusers who had been named in allegations to relocate to another part of the country, where seek out yet another Boy Scout troop and abuse even more children.
Help for Victims of Boy Scout Child Abuse
Alonso Krangle, LLP offers free, no obligation lawsuit consultations to adult survivors of Boy Scout Childhood abuse, as well as families whose child was abused in the Boy Scouts. If a scoutmaster betrayed your trust, and you want to discuss your legal rights or just talk with someone about what happened, please contact our Boy Scout Childhood abuse lawyers today by calling 800-403-6191.