Boy Scouts Face At Least 82,000 Sex Abuse Claims
Warren Cole Smith with MinistryWatch reports:
Today is the deadline set by a bankruptcy court for filing a sex-abuse claim against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The number of claims so far filed now exceed 82,000, far more than the 9,000 claims filed in Catholic Church cases.
The BSA filed bankruptcy in February of this year in part to limit the liability of sex abuse claims.
In 2010, the Boy Scouts lost a $20-million child sexual abuse case, and that case revealed the existence of a so-called “perversion file,” a list of who were barred from being Scout leaders. However, critics of the Boy Scouts say that list was not made available to local councils. That failure could be a factor in the sexual abuse of yet more boys – a number that now appears to be in the tens of thousands.