Yikes. Are the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) being run by the Vatican? You'd almost think so with the amount of sexual abuse accusations and lawsuits that are surfacing.
The BSA is now seeking bankruptcy protection that will enable them to build a compensation fund for the victims claiming sexual abuse. This comes after numerous lawsuits being filed against the organization of sexual abuse and their failure to prevent it.
Most of the newly surfacing cases date to the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s; the organisation says there were only five known abuse victims in 2018.
All civil lawsuits against it are now on hold as a result of the bankruptcy application as the group is struggling with declining membership as well as the abuse claims.
Chief Executive Roger Mosby said, “The BSA cares deeply about all victims of abuse and sincerely apologises to anyone who was harmed during their time in scouting. We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to harm innocent children."
According to the court papers, liabilities up to $1 billion and assets up to $10 billion were listed.
Among the matters to be addressed in the bankruptcy court are the fate of the Boy Scouts’ assets; the extent to which the organisation’s insurance will help cover compensation; and whether assets of the Scouts’ 261 local councils will be added to the fund.
Legal experts noted then that filing for bankruptcy would “stave off” at least 140 lawsuits filed against the organization alleging misconduct by scoutmasters.
The Boys Scouts of America has undertaken rebranding efforts since, with the nonprofit renaming itself “Scouts BSA” in 2019.
Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh said last year after the announcement of allowing girls into the BSA, “We wanted to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward. We’re trying to find the right way to say we’re here for both young men and young women.”
Sounds to me like it isn't right for any children.
In the 14 months since then, the youth organization has allowed children who identify as girls to join the Scouts, a controversial move that was seen by some, including Girl Scouts of the USA President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, as an attempt to raise their diminished enrollment numbers.
The 100-year-old organization could now be forced to sell off some of its vast property holdings to raise money for a compensation fund that could surpass $1 billion.
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