Surely better than the Church on such a delicate issue and on the responsibility to pay the American Boy Scouts (USA) have decided to compensate the victims of their sexual abuse. Inundated by the causes of pedophilia in 2020, the BSAs declared bankruptcy through Chapter 11 of the American law and now they have finally reached an agreement worth 850 million dollars with groups gathered in class action representing the tens of thousands of victims.
Under the agreement, the National Boy Scout Organization will pay 250 million to a trust fund that will be responsible for the compensation, while the local offices will pay the remaining 600 million.
The amount of the agreement is among the largest reached in the United States in this sector and should heal the sexual abuse to which some 60,000 young people have been subjected since the 1940s.
Through this agreement signed with the US bankruptcy court in Delaware, the BSA, one of the largest youth organizations in the country and in the world, intends to close the darkest and most dramatic chapter of its centennial history.
As of early 2020, the US had over 2.5 million members between the ages of five and 21. All men, as the organization was only male until 2018. Then it allowed entry to young women.
Five years earlier, in 2013, it also allowed gay boys to enter.
The group was forced into bankruptcy in February 2020 with nearly 100,000 sexual abuse lawsuits.
The BSA, in its 110th anniversary, had to declare between $ 100 and $ 500 million in liabilities and assets estimated between $ 1 billion and $ 10 billion.
In an official statement it is written that “The Boy Scouts of America have filed for bankruptcy to satisfy the dual imperative of compensating survivors fairly and preserving the organization for the future.”
The three groups representing the victims, including the Coalition of Scouts Abused by Justice, have acknowledged that the agreement is a “significant achievement” that reconciles the interests of the “majority of the plaintiffs, the Boy Scouts and more than 250 local committees” .
However, this agreement, to become enforceable, must have the approval of a judge, but the insurance companies responsible for the millionaire outlay will certainly oppose it.
Representatives of several insurance companies argued that the BSA excluded them from the negotiations, giving too much voice to the victims’ lawyers.
In any case, the Boy Scout scandal in America is still far from being concluded as other legal actions are looming on the horizon representing another 16,000 victims.