By John Vibes
For several years, stories have surfaced of young boys being molested by older men during their time in the Boy Scouts of America organization.
Numerous cases of predatory scout leaders have made the news over the years, but since the organization filed for bankruptcy protection in February, advocates and lawyers from across the country have been encouraging victims to come forward with their accusations of abuse.
This week, the Associated Press reported that nearly 90,000 sexual abuse claims were officially filed against the Boy Scouts of America. The exact total of claims was 88,500.
Thousands of alleged victims filed sexual abuse claims Monday against the Boy Scouts of America before a court-ordered deadline.
The once-revered institution filed for bankruptcy this year.
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In a statement expressing compassion for the victims, the organization said, “We are devastated by the number of lives impacted by past abuse in Scouting and moved by the bravery of those who have come forward. We are heartbroken that we cannot undo their pain.”
The victims who came forward with complaints will be included in a compensation fund that will be established after the bankruptcy trial.
Andrew Van Arsdale, a lawyer with a network called Abused in Scouting, said that Boy Scouts of America spent millions in advertising to encourage victims to come forward.
More than 82,000 people have made sexual abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America, ahead of today's deadline to file in the organization's bankruptcy case.
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The Boy Scouts said it “intentionally developed an open, accessible process to reach survivors and help them take an essential step toward receiving compensation. The response we have seen from survivors has been gut-wrenching. We are deeply sorry.