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Boy Scout Abuse Victims Should File a Claim—Regardless of How Much Time Has Passed

May 29, 2020  ·  By HM&M


We’ve all heard the old adage “time heals all wounds.” But that isn’t the case for survivors of sexual abuse.

This week, the Bankruptcy Court approved the Proof of Claims form all Boy Scout of America (BSA) sexual abuse victims must submit. This comes days after the Court approved the November 16, 2020 deadline to submit the form.

Originally, the BSA pushed for the victims’ deadline to be 80 days after the February 2020 bankruptcy filing—tightening the timeframe and minimizing the organization’s negative financial impact. With the November deadline approved, victims now have under six months to relive their painful memories and submit a claim, or else they risk being barred from ever coming forward again.

Another timely factor? Victims may fear too much time has passed between their abuse and now. However, there is no time limitation in the BSA bankruptcy cases, and victims should file a claim no matter how much time has passed. 

In a USA Today article published this week, Chris Hurley, managing partner of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, said:

“The most important thing will be, even if you don’t think you have a claim because of how long ago it happened, you should file a claim.” 

Read the full story here.

How can I seek justice if I’m a victim of scouting abuse?

The experts at Hurley McKenna & Mertz are here to simplify the process of filing a claim against the Boy Scouts of America. We understand that taking action requires you to relive painful memories from your past, which is why we’re working with a team of experienced social workers who know the ins and outs of proving sexual abuse. The sooner you can come forward, the better. In our experience as advocates for victims of abuse, only by pursuing a claim, will you obtain the justice and closure you deserve.

Contact us today. Your consultation with us is absolutely free.


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