Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Attorneys
Although the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is an organization that prides itself on empowering America’s young men, tragically, some child predators have infiltrated this organization, have gained access to children and have sexually abused boy scouts. Similar to the child sex abuse that has been rampant in the Catholic Church (and other religious organizations), it has been proven in recent years that BSA leaders:
- Knew about many instances of child sex abuse committed by its leaders.
- Failed to report this abuse to police and other authorities.
- Let abusers remain in the BSA and have access to children.
- Helped, in some cases, cover up the abuse in an effort to protect the organization’s reputation.
‘Perversion Files’ Shed Light on Rampant BSA Sex Abuse
In October 2012, a judge overseeing a Boy Scout sex abuse lawsuit ordered that more than 15,000 pages of previously confidential BSA documents be made public. These files, which the BSA had referred to as “ineligible volunteer” files, soon became known as the “perversion files,” and they contained details of nearly 1,900 alleged Boy Scout leader abusers who had been accused of sexually molesting boy scouts from 1971 through 1991.
While the sheer volume of these files and the large amount of allegations in them were shocking in and of themselves, what was possibly just as jaw-dropping was the overt negligence displayed by many of the organization’s leaders who are documented as having tried to brush sex abuse allegations under the carpet.
Although the BSA insists that it has enacted a number of reforms to try to rid its ranks of child sex predators, it’s hard for many to trust such an organization that has a history of trying to protect its own reputation at the expense of children.
Compensation and Justice for Boy Scout Sex Abuse
When Boy Scout leaders or anyone has sexually abused children, the Portland child sex abuse attorneys at the Savage Law Firm are ready to fight for abuse survivors’ rights, hold the abusers accountable for their heinous actions and ultimately help abuse survivors obtain both the justice and compensation they need and deserve.
We understand that no amount of money can ever make up for childhood sexual abuse. We also know that helping abuse survivors obtain compensation from their abusers and the organizations that may have protected them can be crucial to helping survivors get access to the counseling and other long-term treatments they may need in order to reclaim their lives and futures.
When child sex abuse survivors choose to work with our trusted and compassionate Portland child sex abuse attorneys, they can trust that we will be dedicated to:
- Helping them confront their abusers both inside and outside of court
- Providing them with respect and the highest quality legal services
- Helping them resolve their cases as favorably and efficiently as possible.
Contact the Portland Child Sex Abuse Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm Today
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a Boy Scout leader or volunteer, we welcome you to learn more about your rights and how we can help you by attending a free, no obligations initial consult.
Call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page. We represent clients in Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle.