The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest and most prestigious youth organizations in the country. The organization has more than 2.5 million youth members in about 100,000 troops nationwide.
There are also over 1 million adult volunteers involved with the Boy Scouts of America. The risk of sexual abuse in volunteer youth organizations is well known, with volunteer positions being highly desirable to child predators.
Former Boy Scout Sues After Being Molested
The Boy Scouts of America has had to deal with child predators since it was founded. The Boy Scouts has faced an increasing number of lawsuits in the past few years after it was revealed that the organization covered up decades of child abuse.
One boy scout was awarded $18.5 million by a jury in 2010. The former boy scout had been repeatedly molested by a scout leader in the 1980s. Evidence in the case revealed that the organization kept files on thousands of suspected predators and attempted to prevent the publicity of child abuse within its organization.
The so-called "perversion files" detail up to 6,000 suspected child predators and date back to the 1920s. The Guardian Newspaper reports that many of the child molestors were promptly removed by the organization, but that some accused child molesters were permitted to remain within the organization and continued to victimize children.
Child Predators A Persistent Problem For The Boy Scouts
A study by the Los Angeles Times found more than 125 cases in which men allegedly continued to sexually molest boy scouts after the organization received detailed sexual abuse allegations. Some offenders were allegedly put on "probation" until more sexual abuse incidents surfaced.
Even when predators were turned in to authorities, the organization attempted to suppress information regarding the abuse from leaking to the public and allegedly failed to adequately warn families who were exposed to the suspected predators.
One scoutmaster was expelled from the organization in 1970 for abusing a 14-year-old Indiana boy. The Los Angeles Times reports that despite being convicted, the man went on to join two more troops between 1971 and 1988 and admitted to molesting more than 100 scouts. He was sentenced to 100 years in prison the following year. This was just one of many cases in which numerous boy scouts were targeted by individuals that the organization was aware of, but failed to stop.
Kansas City Boy Scout Abuse Attorneys
At Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., we believe in accountability for child sex offenders and the individuals who enable them. Our legal team has represented the victims of abuse and other negligence since 1984 and recovered more than $1 billion on behalf of our clients.
If you or your child has suffered abuse related to a Boy Scout troop, contact us online or call 888-353-0491 to set up a free consultation. Our attorneys handle sex abuse cases throughout the Kansas City area including Overland Park, Independence, Olathe, and Lee's Summit.