Otago Daily Times

Thou­sands file sex­ual abuse claims against Boy Scouts

- Los An­ge­les Times Crime · Society · Child Abuse · Discrimination · Sexual Abuse · Violence and Abuse · Human Rights · Los Angeles · United States of America · Boy Scouts of America · The Scout Association

LOS AN­GE­LES: Faced with a Novem­ber 16 dead­line, thou­sands of ac­cusers have sub­mit­ted sex­ual abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica in a bank­ruptcy that could cost the or­gan­i­sa­tion and its in­sur­ers hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars.

The Scouts, which filed for Chap­ter 11 pro­tec­tion amid de­clin­ing mem­ber­ship and an on­slaught of new abuse law­suits, will not say how many claims have been sub­mit­ted. But some lawyers say claims con­tinue to pour in, pre­dict­ing that tens of thou­sands will meet the dead­line.

The Chap­ter 11 ac­tion is in­tended to al­low the Boy Scouts to re­or­gan­ise and re­struc­ture its fi­nances while con­tin­u­ing to op­er­ate. The same strat­egy for pro­tect­ing as­sets has been used by many Catholic dio­ce­ses caught up in the church’s sex abuse scan­dal.

How­ever, the Scouts’ bank­ruptcy promised ‘‘to dwarf any­thing we’ve seen in the Catholic Church’’, Abused in Scout­ing at­tor­ney Ti­mothy Kos­noff said.

He said his group had signed up more than 10,000 clients and he would not be sur­prised to see to­tal claims reach 50,000. —

 ?? PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES ?? A cub and a brownie, c1960s.
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES A cub and a brownie, c1960s.

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