Abuse Claims Against the Boy Scouts of America

By Angela Leone

Oct 07

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In February of this year, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for bankruptcy in Federal Court in Delaware in response to mounting liability from child sexual abuse cases. The organization faced 275 lawsuits in state and federal courts plus at least 1,400 additional potential claims. As part of these bankruptcy proceedings, funds were set aside to compensate the survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of BSA scoutmasters, scouts, and other volunteers. Victims have until November 16, 2020 to file their claims with the court. For sexual abuse survivors who are considering filing a claim, you’ll find answers to common questions below.

Filing an Abuse Claim against the Boy Scouts of America: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: WHO CAN FILE A CLAIM?

A: Anyone who has experienced sexual abuse or assault within Boy Scouts of America is eligible to file a claim, regardless of when or where it occurred. Eligible claimants include (but are not limited to) those who:

  • Filed lawsuits or claims against BSA.
  • Called the Scouts First Hotline or otherwise reported abuse.
  • Never filed a lawsuit, entered a settlement, or reported their abuse.
  • Received a settlement agreement from BSA but believe they have additional claims.
  • Experienced abuse and believe their claim is now barred under the state of limitations.

Q: WHAT IF MY ABUSER WAS NOT A SCOUTMASTER?

A: Abusers do not have to be scoutmasters to qualify a claim. Abusers can be scoutmasters, fellow scouts, assistant scoutmasters, camp employees, camp directors, instructors, or other volunteers.

Q: WHAT IF I WAS A CUB SCOUT?

A: Incidents within all BSA programs are eligible, including Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Explorer and Venturing programs.

Q: WHAT IF I DON’T REMEMBER ALL OF THE DETAILS?

A: It’s okay if you don’t remember every single detail. File your claim based on the information you do remember.

Q: DOES IT COST MONEY TO FILE A CLAIM?

A: No. Messa & Associates works on a contingency basis. We don’t charge filing or consultation fees and we will not be compensated unless you are compensated.

Q: WHAT ABOUT MY PRIVACY?

A: Your privacy will remain secure. Claims will not be made available to the general public and Messa & Associates will employ confidential protocol in order to file your claims discreetly. With the exceptions of the required review committees, your information will remain confidential unless you choose to disclose it.

Q:HOW DO I FILE?

A: There are two options:

  1. Fill out the two forms linked below:
  2. Call our offices at 215-568-3500 to sign-up over the phone.

About the Author

Angela serves as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Messa & Associates, handling all aspects of marketing, social media, and press relations. aleone@messalaw.com