Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse in Chicago and Illinois
If you were abused by a Scoutmaster or Scout leader in Chicago, we want to help you. We have worked with survivors of abuse by Scoutmasters, Scout leaders, and other volunteers of the Boy Scouts of America in Illinois and across the country. If you decide to take action your privacy will be respected and your identity can remain confidential throughout the entire process. We are here to help you find justice and healing.
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If you or someone you know was sexually abused at any time while participating in the Boy Scouts of America in Illinois we can help you find justice. Contact us today. Your information will remain completely confidential.
Boy Scouts “Perversion Files”
From the 1920s to present day, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has maintained an internal filing system of scout leaders accused of misconduct, including sexual abuse. The “Ineligible Volunteer Files” (IV Files) constitute five categories, including sexual misconduct, a.k.a., Perversion Files. These Perversion Files illustrate the knowledge that the BSA has about the history and context of sexual abuse of children within scouting. Significantly, as a direct result of claims brought by survivors of child sex abuse and their advocates, courts have ordered the release of these files throughout the country, amounting to nearly 8,000 accused perpetrators and an estimated 12,000+ children abused.
Boy Scouts of America File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
On February 17, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America announced its filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. On May 26, 2020 the bankruptcy court set a claims bar date marking the deadline by which all survivors of child sexual abuse by a BSA volunteer or employee must formally file a claim with the court: November 16, 2020. After this date, a survivor could be denied any sort of recovery from the Boy Scouts of America. This complicated and highly nuanced legal tactic is often confusing to people who are not familiar with this type of bankruptcy, and it can prevent survivors of child sexual abuse from pursuing legal action.
Please visit our Boy Scouts Bankruptcy FAQ page for more information.
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