January 8, 2020 — A new lawsuit against the Boy Scouts could open the floodgates of sexual abuse claims from men who live in states where they were too late.
The lawsuit was filed by a group of 8 men who claim they were sexually abused as minors by Boy Scout leaders and volunteers. All of the men live in states where they were unable to file a lawsuit because they were past the statute of limitations.
The lawsuit was filed in Washington D.C., where lawyers are trying to capitalize on a new law that extends the statute of limitations for child sex abuse survivors until they turn 40 years old.
The lawyers are arguing that D.C. courts have jurisdiction over cases from men in other states because the Texas-based Boy Scouts of America claims its “legal residence” is in D.C.
If the case is successful, it could dramatically increase the number of men who are eligible to file a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts.
The case was filed by a group of attorneys known as “Abused in Scouting,” who say they collectively represent more than 1,500 men.
The lawsuit accuses the Boy Scouts of enabling abuse by failing to report abusers to law enforcement, allowing known abusers to continue working in the organization, and downplaying the problem to protect their wholesome image.
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