Children cannot consent to sexual activity with adults. In recent years, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has had a series of lawsuits alleging sexual molestation brought against the organization. Internal records of adult volunteers suspected of molestation, dating from 1960 to 1991 and known as the “perversion files,” have been revealed in past lawsuits, and prior indications show that the BSA has kept such files for nearly a century.
If you suspect that your child was abused, or if you were abused in the past, our attorneys can evaluate your case and offer you legal options. At Winer, Burritt and Scott, LLP, we provide compassionate legal services to our clients and pursue the compensation they deserve for injuries and damages aggressively. Our partner attorneys have more than 60 years of combined legal experience litigating child sexual abuse and molestation cases throughout California.
The abuse you suffered is not your fault. Other scouts organizations, including the Girl Scouts and Royal Rangers, have also had problems with sexual abuse. We can work to hold any scouts organization accountable for your injuries. Call our law firm today at (510) 433-1000 to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer.
Our lawyers in Oakland, San Francisco and Los Angeles offer personalized legal help and representation throughout Northern and Southern California. We fully finance all aspects of every case we take on. We have been very successful in lawsuits filed against the Scouts.
Hidden Culture Of Sexual Abuse In The Boy Scouts Of America
The BSA has only conducted criminal background checks on volunteers since 2008, and it just mandated that any suspected child abuse should be reported to law enforcement. The BSA’s internal records detail numerous cases of molestation that BSA officials never reported to law enforcement officials and, in some cases, sought to protect accused perpetrators.
In January 2013, the California Supreme Court rejected the BSA’s appeal to keep the records confidential. Publicized records could reveal numerous abusers throughout the country. More than 2,000 cases of abuse have been reported in the BSA — the bulk of them dating back to abuse that took place before 1994.
When sex offenders and others with propensity to commit sex crimes are given leadership positions in youth organizations, the likelihood of molestation occurring is greatly increased. Perpetrators gain the confidence of young boys in BSA troops. They manipulate victims and influence them not to report the abuse they have suffered.
Sexual abuse is a serious crime, especially when perpetrated on children. Even if the abuse you suffered occurred years ago, you may have options for holding the abuser accountable, obtaining damage compensation and helping to prevent other children from suffering the same type of abuse.
Winer, Burritt and Scott, LLP | Boy/Girl Scouts Molestation Lawyers
Contact us at (510) 433-1000 to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer. We can work tirelessly to bring your abuser to justice while pursuing the compensation you deserve based on the negligence and wrongful acts of the scouts organization.
Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis only, which means you pay no attorney fees unless we obtain a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf.
**We do not represent perpetrators of sexual harassment or those who are accused of sexually harassing behavior.