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Boy Scouts Trying to Avoid Responsibility for Sexual Abuse Crisis by Shielding Assets from Victim Compensation Fund

January 1, 2021  ·  By mark

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Hurley McKenna & Mertz represents over 4,500 victims of Boy Scout sexual abuse.  On behalf of our clients and all victims of sexual abuse, we strongly oppose all attempts by the Boy Scouts to use their bankruptcy proceeding to avoid taking full responsibility for their failure to protect Scouts from sexual abuse.  By recently asking the Bankruptcy Court for permission to hold back $667 Million in cash, investments and properties from the process to compensate sexual abuse victims, the Scouts are revealing that they still place their interests ahead of providing any healing or closure to the victims of Boy Scout abuse.

The official committee of sex-abuse victims in the Boy Scouts’ bankruptcy proceeding is challenging the BSA’s claims that income-producing properties such as the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico are not available to compensate Boy Scout sexual abuse victims.  The Boy Scouts also have bases and camps in places like Florida and Minnesota that they are trying to withhold from the analysis of how much the BSA has available to compensate Boy Scout sexual abuse victims.

You can read more about the BSA actions here:  https://www.wsj.com/articles/boy-scouts-challenged-for-declaring-667-million-off-limits-to-victims-11610143980

The Scouts have a legal and moral duty to contribute all available assets to the fund which will compensate the victims of Boy Scout sexual abuse.  The victims deserve nothing less.

 

 

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