The mission of the Boy Scouts is “to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”
However, we know that Boy Scout leaders have been accused and convicted of child sexual abuse. The attorneys at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. do not tolerate this kind of abuse and work to help victims get the justice they deserve. When you need a Jersey City Boy Scout abuse attorney, call us today so we can work on securing the compensation you deserve.
What Can Happen?
Boy Scouts of America has been rocked recently by allegations of sexual abuse against Scout leaders. BSA has been around for over 100 years and there have always been rumors that there were secret files kept regarding sexual abuses committed by Scout leaders. If this sounds like what has happened in the Catholic Church, that is for good reason. The abuses and cover up mirror one another.
How could this happen?
The nature of Scouts allows leaders “and children to be ” and children to be together for long periods of time, often years. This gives those who want to commit sexual abuse time to groom and gain the trust of their victims as well as the parents.
A New York Times article says that nearly 8,000 Boy Scout leaders have been accused of sexual abuse since 1944. In that time frame, at least according to the so-called “perversion files” kept and released by BSA, over 12,000 children have been sexually abused.
We know that this happens. According to Darkness to Light, 10% of all children will be sexually abused before they reach their 18th birthday. That is a staggering number and we need to point out that both boys and girls are affected by abuse. 90% of sexual abuse victims know their abuser, as is the case with the Scout leaders.
Survivors of child sexual abuse often suffer from emotional and psychological problems for the rest of their lives. In many cases, victims do not realize that abuse took place until they are adults. Sexual abuse survivors often need to undergo extensive counseling to work through what has happened to them.
Your Attorney Is Your Advocate
Boy Scouts is supposed to be a safe haven for our kids, a place they go to learn life-long values. They should never have to worry about being sexually abused at the hands of a Scout leader or volunteer.
The team at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. will be by your side if you need a Jersey City Boy Scout abuse attorney. We understand how difficult a time this is for you, which is why we will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Pain and suffering damages
- Compensation for counseling
- Punitive damages against the abuser(s)
- The person who abused you
- The Boy Scout organization