The Boy Scouts of America offered nearly 90,000 survivors, who were abused as children in the organization, a historic $850 million as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. The plan has yet to be approved by survivors, but lawyers for the plaintiff survivors say they expect it will be approved after a vote by the survivors’ committee.
Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February of 2020 as claims of child sex abuse began mounting – and statute of limitation laws began changing. When the organization first filed for bankruptcy, there were just 275 abuse lawsuits and 1,400 potential claims. By November of 2020, the deadline by which survivors had to come forward in order to receive a settlement offer in this round, the Boy Scouts faced almost 90,000 claims of abuse. This represents one of the largest sex abuse cases against one single organization in our nation’s history.
Lawyers for survivors point out that the $850 million coming directly from the organization itself is likely just the first offer to survivors. Insurance money is still on the table and could represent billions more for survivors.
Many survivors are well into their 60s and 70s and were abused as teenagers in the organization. Reports of abuse began as early as the 1960’s against the 110-year-old organization.
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