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Boy Scouts Sex Abuse Lawyers in Baltimore
Representing Boy Scouts Sex Abuse Victims Throughout Maryland
For over 100 years, young children have been participating in Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which was promoted as a youth program that builds character and values. What few people outside the BSA realized is that within the organization, pedophiles were preying on young boys. Now, tens of thousands of victims have come forward with devastating stories about sexual abuse perpetrated by leaders in the organization.
At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., we represent Boy Scout sexual abuse victims in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. We understand how difficult it can be to come forward, but we are here to help. Your story can help stop future abuse and hold perpetrators and the organization accountable for their wrongdoing.
If you were sexually abused while in the Boy Scouts or a similar organization, contact our office immediately. You are not alone. Thousands of victims have come forward with similar stories of abuse. Call (410) 685-2022 to speak directly with a Baltimore Boy Scouts abuse lawyer today.
The Shocking Prevalence of Abuse in the Boy Scouts
A recent article by The New York Times indicates that over 82,000 victims have come forward with allegations of abuse and assault perpetrated by Boy Scout leaders. The number far exceeds reports of sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Church. Tragically, they believe that this number represents only a fraction of the number of victims that experienced sexual assault at the hands of scout leaders and volunteers.
As noted in the article, the BSA is seeking to reorganize under a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. They aimed to set up a victims’ compensation fund as part of their reorganization. An Oregon jury returned an $18.5 million verdict for one victim who had been sexually abused at the age of 12 by a leader in the organization.
Sexual Abuse Statistics in the Boy Scouts
Child USA, a national nonprofit think tank that works to prevent child sex abuse, recently released their findings on Scouting Abuse. Data was collected from over 1,500 claimants who had come forward with allegations of sexual abuse while they were in the scouts.
According to Child USA’s “Scouting Abuse: Analysis of Victims’ Experiences:”
- Over 70% of scouting sex abuse victims were abused multiple times.
- 94% of reported Boy Scout sex abuse cases were committed by leaders who had one-on-one interactions with a child.
- The average age of scouting abuse victims was 12 years old.
- Nearly 1 in 5 victims reported being abused by multiple people in the organization.
- 96% of sexual abuse committed in the Boy Scouts was done by a leader in the organization.
- Over 60% of reported abusers remained in scouting after the BSA was informed of the abuse.
- Victims report that in over 50% of cases, the abuse occurred at or in connection with a Scout camp.
Many people who come forward report that their abuser was also abusing others. You are not alone in this, and you should never feel ashamed about what happened. It was not your fault. Abusers often use threats and manipulation tactics to control their victims.
You have rights and deserve compensation for the pain and suffering that was inflicted on you. Call our office to speak with a Baltimore Boy Scout abuse lawyer today.
Devastating Effects of Childhood Sex Abuse
Victims of childhood sexual abuse often wonder why they should come forward, mainly if years have passed since the assault. Child sex abuse can have long-term physical and mental health consequences.
Filing a lawsuit will not only hold your abuser accountable for the horrific acts that they committed, but it can also help provide you with the financial recovery you need to obtain counseling or enroll in treatment. Even if the perpetrator was criminally convicted of the abuse, you might still want to pursue civil action. Criminal convictions rarely compensate victims for their losses or hold third parties liable for their part in the abuse.
Many victims that experienced sexual abuse while in the scouts reported suffering from:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- The inability to have intimate relationships
- Mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, etc.)
- The inability to find or maintain employment
- Substance use disorders (alcohol and drug abuse)
- Poor performance at school
Who Can Be Held Responsible?
If you were sexually abused while participating in scouts or by a leader in the scouts, there might be multiple individuals and organizations that can be held responsible for your damages.
As a Boy Scout sexual abuse victim, you may be entitled to recovery from:
- The perpetrator or abuser
- The Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
- A church affiliated with the Boy Scouts
- A local council or organization that sponsored or oversaw the scouts
- Another responsible third party that failed to protect you from the abuse
The reported acts perpetrated against young children by leaders in the scouting organization are unimaginable. Over 50% of the claimants allege that their abuse involved oral sex, nearly one-third state that their abuse involved penetration. A child should never be exposed to this kind of egregious abuse. Let us help you tell your story and get the justice you deserve.
Contact Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A. for a Free Consultation
Our Baltimore Boy Scout sex abuse lawyers believe that victims deserve a staunch advocate in and out of the courtroom. We are dedicated to ensuring that injury victims are heard and that institutions like the Boy Scouts are held responsible for not putting an end to the abuse that they knew was happening within their ranks.