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The Boy Scouts Organization Faces Sexual Abuse Allegations

Amid a wave of accumulating sexual abuse allegations against the Boy Scouts organization, more men are coming forward with hopes to reveal that the pedophile problem is much more serious than previously thought. The victims’ detailed allegations of sexual abuse tell how men of influential positions in the Boy Scouts used their power and position to sexually abuse young boys throughout the organization. One story even recounts how the boy reported the sexual abuse to the bishop of the Northern California church that sponsored the Boy Scout troop he was a member of. The alleged abuser was quietly removed from his position but was never reported to the police. Regrettably, the Boy Scouts have a history of allowing the accused pedophiles to relocate to new troops after being accused of sexual abuse.

A recent news article from TIME magazine estimates that there were at least 7,800 victims sexually abused at the hands of approximately 12,254 scout leaders in the Boy Scouts from 1944-2016. Sadly, these cases of abuse tend to be under-reported so the estimates could be low. It is likely that many boys felt shamed or intimidated out of reporting their abuse, for these scout leaders were supposed to be someone they looked up to and learned valuable skills from. Many of the former Boy Scouts attribute their inspiration to come forward to the victims of past abuse within the church, entertainment, media and sports industries that have also gone public with their victimizing experiences.

To widen the door for more legal claims, testimonies from these victims of sexual abuse has spurred the motivation of many states to extend the statute of limitations on sex abuse cases. One attorney, who was formally abused by his scout leader, has already brought more than 100 cases against the organization as a mission to expose their years of wrongdoings and cover-ups. Lawyers have requested that U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier of California place the burden on the Boy Scouts to explain how they plan to resolve the issue of pedophilia within their organization. For many, the abuse suffered by the young boys has been blamed to cause severe trauma and suffering for years, while their abuser has yet to be held liable for their criminal acts. Studies have been proved to show that survivors of child sexual abuse are put at an increased risk for psychological and physical illnesses, often turning to unsafe means to cope with their trauma.

Unfortunately, sexual violence is an on-going issue and can take form in many different types including sexual assault, child sexual abuse, workplace sexual assault, campus sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual abuse, it is important to know and understand your resources, as well as steps that can be taken towards the road to recovery:

  • Find a safe place – If you find yourself a victim of sexual violence, finding a safe place is imperative for your physical and mental well-being. Reach out to someone you trust that can support you through this distress, such as a family member or close friend.
  • Seek medical attention – It is your choice to see a doctor if you have been a victim of sexual violence, but a medical exam can help check for injuries and provide the necessary care.
  • Contacting the police – Law enforcement officers are trained to handle survivors of sexual violence and can help you seek legal action.
  • Utilize your resources – Whether the sexual violence happened recently or some time ago, there are plenty of available resources that can answer questions and provide emotional support including the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800) 656-HOPE and the National Child Abuse Hotline (800) 422-4453.

Sexual violence of any kind can be difficult to process, but it is important to know that seeking closure and holding those accountable is an option. At Spiros Law, P.C., our attorneys are dedicated to supporting victims who are looking to seek justice and have their voices be heard. The attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. are compassionate and experienced in handling cases of sexual assault. Their mission is to be there to aid you in taking legal action to ensure that justice is rightfully served. By working with Spiros Law, P.C., you and your family do not have to go through this victimizing experience alone. If you are ready to talk about your experiences and see what legal actions are available, the experienced team at Spiros Law is ready to listen. Call any of our offices, Kankakee (815) 929-9292, Champaign (217) 328-282, or Danville (217) 443-4343, for a free consultation to find out what options you have.