Around 90,000 lawsuits for sexual violence were filed against the organization of the Boy Scouts of America in a bankruptcy case.
At the same time, the number of cases of sexual violence is likely to be underestimated. Paul Mones, a lawyer who has worked on Boy Scout cases for nearly two decades, told Axios that he expects the total number of reported cases to be more than 100,000. He called on Congress to investigate the scandal.
A record number of new lawsuits indicate the unknown extent of abuse The organization declared bankruptcy in February after encountering numerous reports of sexual abuse by adult child caregivers. All claims must be filed before last night. As a result, 90 thousand lawsuits have been filed.
Andrew Van Arsdale, one of the leading attorneys, described sexual violence as the “unspoken norm” in the Boy Scout organization, reports CNN. Claims of harassment, forced sex, cruelty and pornography. Mons said the abuse rate was much higher than that of the U.S. Catholic Church.
At the height of their popularity, the Boy Scouts had over 4 million members. Now there are less than 2 million of them.