Sexual abuse involving Boy Scout leaders in Washington may not have been an isolated incident. A recent lawsuit alleges that sexual abuse among Scout leaders has been rampant over the past 30 years, and what's worse is that the Boy Scouts of America is alleged of withholding information that continued to allow known pedophiles to operate within camps and troops.
A lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of 12 Seattle-area boys who say that their Scout leaders sexually abused them. The lawsuit also alleges that the Boy Scouts of America have information regarding literally thousands of known pedophiles, information which they intentionally kept hidden. The lawsuit was filed in King County Superior Court yesterday.
The lawsuit calls the BSA's actions negligent and deliberate. The documents that the youth organization is alleged of withholding contain the names as well as the conduct of both known and suspected child molesters. Although the names of 6,500 child molesters on these lists were revealed, an additional 15,000 names were destroyed. The BSA referred to these documents as "the perversion files."
Victims and the attorney representing them accuse the BSA of creating a cycle of pedophilia within this organization. By failing to be tough and crack-down on known abuses, the organization has created a shelter or safe-haven for child molesters.
Sadly, the Boy Scouts was one of the first youth organizations in the United States to implement protection policies to prevent sexual abuse. These protection policies included mandatory background checks of troop leaders as well as volunteers. The plaintiffs in this particular lawsuit were between the ages of 11 and 17 when the rapes and molestations occurred.
Currently, there are at least 100 boys from across the nation who are in the process of filing lawsuits against the BSA. If you or someone you love was victimized because of sexual abuse associated with this organization, please do not hesitate to contact a Texas sexual abuse lawyer at Stern Law Group. Our firm provides aggressive and compassionate representation of abuse victims.