Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits

Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits


NUMBER OF CHILDREN. SO WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING HERE?>>YEAH, LYNN, THAT’S RIGHT. THOUSANDS OF FORMER BOY SCOUT VOLUNTEERS ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ABUSING CHILDREN BETWEEN 1944 AND 2016. IN ALL WE’RE TALKING ABOUT 12,254 ALLEGED CHILD VICTIMS AND SOME 7,819 ALLEGED ABUSERS. ALL OF THESE PEOPLE IDENTIFIED BY DR. JANET WARREN. IT IS IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT, THOSE ARE THE NUMBERS THAT WE HAVE. IT IS UNKNOWN JUST HOW MANY POTENTIAL VICTIMS AND ABUSERS HAVE GONE UNREPORTED. DR. WARREN IS A PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA MEDICAL SCHOOL, AND SHE WAS HIRED BY THE ORGANIZATION TO OFFER RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO BEST PROTECT CHILDREN FROM PREDATORS. SHE SPENT FIVE YEARS PORING THROUGH BOY SCOUT RECORDS AND A NEWLY EXPOSED COURT TESTIMONY IN AN UNRELATED CASE, SHE SAID THE REGISTRATION OF THOSE VOLUNTEERS WAS REVOKED BECAUSE OF REASONABLE ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE. THAT TESTIMONY WAS ACTUALLY REVEALED THIS WEEK BY AN ATTORNEY WHO REPRESENTS ABUSE SURVIVORS. IN A STATEMENT TO CNN, THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA APOLOGIZED TO VICTIMS, SAYING NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF CHILDREN IN SCOUTING, AND WE ARE OUTRAGED THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHEN INDIVIDUALS TOOK ADVANTAGE OF OUR PROGRAMS TO ABUSE INNOCENT CHILDREN. THE STATEMENT GOES ON TO SAY AT NO TIME HAVE WE EVER KNOWINGLY ALLOWED A PERPETRATOR TO WORK WITH YOUTH AND WE MANDATE THAT ALL LEADERS, VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF MEMBERS NATIONWIDE IMMEDIATELY REPORT ANY ABUSE ALLEGATION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE ORGANIZATION ALSO TELLING CNN IT HAS MAINTAINED A VOLUNTEERING SCREEN DATABASE SINCE THE 1920s, AND IT’S BEEN DOING THAT TO PREVENT ANYONE ACCUSED OF ABUSE OR INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT FROM JOINING OR EVEN REENTERING ITS PROG PROGRAMS, ALSO NOTING ALL LEADERS UNDERGO A BACKGROUND CHECK. THEY OFFER UNLIMITED COUNSELING AND MAINTAIN A HELP LINE FOR ANY SCOUT OR SCOUT’S FAMILY MEMBER WHO SUFFERED ABUSE DURING THEIR TIME AS A SCOUT, LYNN. >>THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE DOING. THAT MAKES YOU WONDER HOW ARE THERE THIS MANY BOYS AND WHY IS IT COMING TO LIGHT NOW? WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING ABOUT THAT?>>IN TERMS OF WHY THIS CAME TO LIGHT NOW, REMEMBER THAT TESTIMONY THAT WAS REVEALED WAS FROM A SEPARATE, UNRELATED CASE WHERE DR. WARREN WAS AN EXPERT IN THAT CASE. BUT AN ATTORNEY BROUGHT THAT TO LIGHT THIS WEEK SAYING HE WANTED TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT NEW YORK STATE’S NEW CHILD VICTIMS ACT. THIS IS LEGISLATION RECENTLY SIGNED HERE IN NEW YORK STATE WHICH EXPANDS BOTH THE CIVIL AND CRIMINAL STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE. IT OFFERS A NEW ONE-YEAR LOOK-BACK WINDOW AS IT’S KNOWN, ALLOWING VICTIMS TO BRING NEW CHARGES IF, IN FACT, THEIR WINDOW TO

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