Boy Scouts organization: born by the titans, killed by dwarfs
The American scout organization Boy Scouts claims to have negotiated a financial settlement with tens of thousands of Americans who claim to have been victims of sexual abuse in their youth. The damage amounts to 850 million dollars.
According to the organization, the proposal has the approval of some 60,000 abuse victims. Groups assisting victims state in a joint statement that the court should ultimately approve the settlement, but that there is consensus among a large number of plaintiffs on this proposal.
Boy Scouts applied for bankruptcy protection last February, after the organization was flooded with claims from abuse victims.
According to an inventory published in April 2019, an estimated twelve thousand members have been victims of abuse within the Boy Scouts over the past seventy years. They would not only have been groped by leaders of the scouts, but also forced to have oral and anal sex.
As a result of this report, thousands of claims have been filed in recent years by victims from almost all states of the United States. That happened after several states had removed legal hurdles that prevented people from filing charges for abuse cases that took place decades ago.
Founded in 1910, Boy Scouts of America is by far the most important scouting movement in the United States, with 2.2 million members aged 5 to 21. The sexual abuse among American Boy Scouts first came to light in 2012, when the Los Angeles Times newspaper published internal documents describing decades of abuse.