With New York and New Jersey extending their statutes of limitations on child sexual abuse claims — and similar legislation pending in California — the Boy Scouts may face a flood of new lawsuits. https://lat.ms/2JFCgQh
Seven years ago, the L.A. Times published a searchable database of 5,000 files and case summaries as part of the Boy Scouts’ “perversion files,” a blacklist of suspected sexual predators spanning a century. https://lat.ms/2Jj7ZY5
In hundreds of cases, the newspaper found, the Boy Scouts failed to report offenders to authorities and often hid the allegations from parents and the public. https://lat.ms/2VmNbQV
The Boy Scouts organization faces costly litigation at the same time it struggles with declining membership. National Scouts officials will not say how many sex abuse lawsuits have been filed, writes @kchristensenLAT
But the liabilities are large enough that the Boy Scouts may file for bankruptcy protection, which would put a hold on pending lawsuits. Some Catholic dioceses caught up in the Church’s sex abuse scandal employed the same tactic. https://lat.ms/2JFCgQh
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