A group called Abused in Scouting on Tuesday announced the filing of a new sexual abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America.
The lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, alleges that a former scout, known only as S.D. in the filing, was abused hundreds of times starting at age 12 for a period of about five years in the 1970s by a former scoutmaster. The suit further alleges that the Boy Scouts of America knew and ignored or covered up the abuse. The plaintiff is seeking $50,000 in damages from both the Boy Scouts and the individual scoutmaster.
The suit was announced in a press conference Tuesday by the legal team for Abused in Scouting. The organization claims to have gathered reports from more than 800 sexual abuse victims identifying more than 300 predators protected by the Boy Scouts across the country. The organization chose to file this suit now amid worries that victims may not be entitled to recovery if the Boy Scouts file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a move the Boy Scouts of America has reportedly been considering. The Boy Scouts have faced heavy criticism for their handling of sexual abuse claims over the years and have faced significant legal fees in similar lawsuits. Abused in Scouting has stated that they expect more suits to follow soon.