ALERT: A deadline for survivors of child sex abuse to file a claim in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case is set for November 16, 2020.
For a long period of time, the Boy Scouts of America has been aware of a problem with sexual abuse. The organization kept files on scout leaders and volunteers and maintained a list of hundreds of people affiliated with the organization that had faced allegations of sexually abusing Boy Scouts. Although the files are by no means comprehensive, they display a chronic problem within the organization that led to countless young children being victimized over the years.
The Boy Scouts of America has recently filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and is working toward a solution to adequately compensate survivors of sexual abuse. A deadline of November 16, 2020 has been set for survivors to file a claim. This article, written by attorney Michael Bigos, discusses what the bankruptcy means for survivors. A recent USA Today article explains what survivors need to know about the claims process.
If you were the victim of sexual abuse while participating in the Boy Scouts of America don’t wait, the attorneys at Berman & Simmons have the knowledge and experience to help navigate your claim. In fact, we’ve presented best practices at a national legal convention, teaching other lawyers how to find insurance coverage for victims of sexual abuse and win cases.
Working with You to Hold Sexual Abusers Accountable
Sexual abuse claims present a web of emotional and psychological challenges. We understand how hard it can be to come forward as a survivor of childhood sexual assault. Braving cultural stigma, reliving past trauma, and facing those responsible for your pain is difficult and takes immense courage. We also realize aggressive pursuit of sexual abuse claims and the fact-intensive nature of these cases can trigger painful memories and feelings.
Discovering the heinous nature of such conduct, how and when it comes to light, and the impact it has had on your life requires us to maintain a delicate balance of sensitivity and diligence. We’re mindful of these issues and prepared to empower you with a voice to share your story, while we fight for your rights.