Florida Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Claims Lawyer
Were you sexually abused by a trusted Boy Scout leader? If so, seek the justice you deserve by calling our office today to discuss the circumstances around your sexual abuse claim against the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts of America was once considered a sacred institution for young men to learn skills and build lasting relationships. In the last few decades, this institution has been exposed for its horrendous acts of allowing and covering up sexual abuse crimes against the boys that it was instituted to help. Many lawsuits have already been won against the Boy Scouts of America for sexual abuse claims, but the opportunity for retribution is coming to an end. If you need a Boy Scouts sexual abuse claims lawyer in Florida, Ligori & Ligori Attorneys at Law are here to help.
There is undeniable evidence that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was a hotbed of sexual predators throughout its 80+ year history. Not only were there serial child molesters and rapists within the organization, but there is also evidence of extensive coverups to hide the transgressions of both staff and volunteers. The BSA estimates that almost 8,000 different abusers sexually abused 12,000 boys within the organization since the 1920s.
Childhood sexual abuse can have long-lasting impacts on the lives of its victims. The abuse can cause emotional scars that affect self-esteem, confidence, relationships and many other areas of your life. If you were a victim of sexual abuse while participating in the Boy Scouts, you may have a claim and could be awarded financial compensation for your suffering, even for abuse that occurred 30 or more years ago. It is possible to file your claim anonymously and protect your privacy with the right attorneys on your side.
Boy Scout Sex Assault Lawsuits
There have been many individual and class-action lawsuits against the BSA for its role in allowing sexual abuse to occur within the organization. Eventually, the BSA adopted improved methods of background checks and training for its staff and volunteers, but not until the 1990s. There are still many men coming forward to seek Boy Scout sex assault lawsuits, although most of these claims stem from abuse that occurred in the 1960s to the 1980s.
Some of the Boy Scout sexual abuse lawsuits have resulted in substantial awards for the victims. One lawsuit awarded almost $20 million to the victims. Due to the extensive number of claims, the BSA decided to file for bankruptcy protection in February 2020. As part of their bankruptcy case, the BSA has created a fund to pay the sexual abuse victims seeking retribution in civil lawsuits. However, there is a limited amount of time for victims to make a claim against the fund for victims.
Urgent Deadline for Filing Sexual Abuse Claims
Due to the bankruptcy filing by the Boys Scouts of America, there is a limited time to file a claim for sexual abuse. The court declared in May 2020 that survivors of sexual abuse from anyone involved with the organization had close to six months to file claims through the bankruptcy court. This includes those that were abused by leaders, employees, volunteers and even other Boy Scout members.
To be part of the bankruptcy proceedings, claims must be filed by November 16, 2020. After this date, all additional sexual abuse claims will be barred from filing against the Boy Scouts of America. The claim form includes basic information on the abuse to verify when and where it occurred. Anyone who experienced any type of abuse as a Scout, no matter how long ago, should file a claim. While filing is not a guarantee of compensation, this is the last chance to make a claim. Our legal team can help survivors file the claim and fight for the right to compensation for their injuries.
Are You A Victim of Boy Scout Sexual Abuse?
Many men have suffered for decades with the pain of their abuse but never came forward. If you are one of them, you may be owed compensation for your injuries. In these civil lawsuits, you do not need to reveal your identity in public proceedings. You can file anonymously to protect your privacy and the details of your abuse. Our legal team at Ligori & Ligori can minimize the exposure and trauma by handling the legal details of your claim while fighting for your rights to compensation.
You can end your silence about Boy Scout sexual abuse but remain anonymous. If you need a Boy Scout sexual abuse lawyer in Florida, our legal team at Ligori & Ligori can ensure your voice is heard while protecting your privacy. Contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your Boy Scout sexual assault lawsuit. Please remember the window is closing for filing new claims against the BSA. Call us today – we have locations in Tampa, Lakeland and Ocala, FL, for your convenience.