Boy Scouts Abuse Attorney
The Boy Scouts of America has provided a valuable experience to generations of boys. Unfortunately, they have also had a continuous problem with child molesters infiltrating their ranks of adult volunteers and scoutmasters.
Sexual abuse is the forcing of undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. When that force is immediate, of short duration, or infrequent, it is called sexual assault. The offender is referred to as a sexual abuser or molester. When the victim is younger than the age of consent, it is referred to as child sexual abuse.
Scouting sex abuse cases are situations where youth involved in Scouting programs have been sexually abused by someone who is also involved in the scouting program (an adult scout leader, or more rarely, a fellow scout).
The Boy Scouts of America recently released extensive files on child sex abuse that has occurred within the Scouting organization over the last 50 years. There were 2,000 U.S. cases of abuse within the Boy Scouts of America prior to 1994, and one abuse incident was as recent as 2006. Analysis of the internal files reveal that the Boy Scouts have been dismissing scoutmasters for sexual abuse at the rate of one every three days for the past 50 years.
Records show that abuse incidents in Boy Scouts were most likely to occur during campouts or while boys were sleeping over at the abuser’s home. Some of the traditions, situations and ploys that abusers had turned into conduits for sex were:
- Sexually related games
- Misuse of authority and loyalty
- Initiation rites
- Trips alone
To prevent abuse, all of the above activities are now banned or restricted by the BSA’s Youth Protection program.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander are experienced in representing plaintiffs in Boy Scouts sexual abuse and molestation lawsuits. We handle individual litigation nationwide. If you or a loved one has been abused or molested by a scoutmaster or any other member of the Boy Scouts staff, contact our office today at 312-425-9100 for a free initial case evaluation.
Child molesters and sexual predators are known for their tactics they use in order to keep their criminally punishable acts a secret. Many individuals who suffered sexual abuse while in the Boy Scouts were unable to come forward and accuse their abusers until years after the abuse occurred. These predators often instill fear, guilt or other emotions into their prey in order to maintain silence. Others were known to give money or presents in order to have the children keep quiet about the abuse.
Children are often afraid to tell anyone when they have been abused, and the legal procedure for validating an episode is difficult. The problem should be identified, the abuse stopped, and the child should receive professional help. The long term emotional and psychological damage of sexual abuse can be devastating to the child. No child is psychologically prepared to cope with repeated sexual stimulation. Even a two or three year old, who cannot know the sexual activity is wrong, will develop problems resulting from the inability to cope with the overstimulation.
Sexually abused children may develop the following:
- Unusual interest in or avoidance of all things of a sexual nature
- Sleep problems or nightmares
- Depression or withdrawal from friends or family
- Statements that their bodies are dirty or damaged, or fear that there is something wrong with them in the genital area
- Refusal to go to school
- Delinquency/conduct problems
- Aspects of sexual molestation in drawings, games, fantasies
- Unusual aggressiveness
- Suicidal behavior
If you or a loved one has been sexually molested or abused by a Boy Scout leader or volunteer immediate professional evaluation and treatment is needed. Contact the experienced child abuse attorneys at The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander today. We are confidential, reliable, and aggressive.