Sep 15, 2020
At DLG, we have been dedicated to helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse secure the justice they deserve for over 20 years. In that time we’ve successfully taken on some of the nation’s largest institutions that have engaged in horrific abuse of children, often at a systemic level, including decades widespread cover-ups.
Currently we are involved in multiple cases against such an institution: Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
Last year court testimony revealed that BSA maintained internal files on suspected pedophiles. A child sex abuse expert and professor from the University of Virginia, Janet Warren, was hired by BSA to review records from the organization’s “volunteer screening database.” Her investigation uncovered troubling figures:
Evidence of the organization’s failure to act, despite knowing of such prevalent sexual abuse, can be found as early as 1935, when a New York Times article reported that the organization described having files on hundreds of scout leaders who had been labeled “degenerates.”
We are committed to helping all survivors of BSA abuse obtain justice.
Facing over $150 million in outstanding settlements with alleged childhood sexual abuse survivors, the Boy Scouts of America national organization filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February. The bankruptcy court has set up a mass tort fund to help compensate survivors, but they have also established a deadline that will likely freeze the number of lawsuits against the organization. If survivors do not file a claim by the deadline – November 16, 2020 – the bankruptcy court may determine that future claims be barred, leaving survivors without options and never having their day in court.
We encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse by a Boy Scout leader or headmaster to contact us immediately so we may help ensure your claim is filed promptly, meeting all necessary deadlines and preserving your chance at justice.
If you are a survivor of Boy Scout abuse, filing a claim with the bankruptcy court is the best option for securing a prompt financial damages award. However, there are additional options that we at DLG are pursuing for our Boy Scout abuse survivor clients.
For example, under California’s AB 218 law, the stature of limitations for childhood sexual abuse claims is currently removed under what’s known as the bill’s limited three-year “lookback window” clause. Under AB 218, we are able to pursue financial damages awards from local BSA chapters and sponsoring organizations, in addition to filing a claim in bankruptcy court. As those organizations are not part of the bankruptcy proceedings, this means that we will fight to recover additional financial damages for all BSA survivors.
By contacting DLG today to file a claim you will help ensure that:
At DLG, we offer survivors a unique type of all-encompassing representation. When you choose DLG to handle your BSA abuse claim, you are not represented by an individual attorney. Rather, you have a team of Sexual Abuse Justice Experts (SAJE) in place to provide you with four tiers of representation:
The Four Tiers of DLG SAJE Team Representation:
1. Case Lead: Samuel Dordulian, former Deputy District Attorney and sex crimes prosecutor for Los Angeles County
2. Investigation Lead: Detective Moses Castillo, former 30-year LAPD sex crimes unit leader in the city’s elite Juvenile Division for Abused Children
3. Support Lead: A licensed clinical therapist with 15 years of experience helping sexual abuse survivors
4. Advocate Lead: Two in-house, licensed, and nationally accredited victim advocates who have decades of experience passionately advocating on behalf of survivors
DLG was founded by Samuel Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney and sex crimes prosecutor for Los Angeles County. Together with Moses Castillo, DLG’s Chief Investigator and a retired LAPD sex crimes detective, Dordulian works tirelessly to ensure survivors of sexual abuse receive the justice they deserve. With a combined 50 years of experience, Dordulian and Castillo provide survivors with peace of mind and the confidence that their case will be investigated and litigated properly.
We are fierce advocates for survivors victimized by institutions like BSA, which allowed such despicable criminal behavior to take place under their watch for decades. We understand that your case is unique, and must be handled as such. Choosing DLG means that you have a staunchly motivated ally fighting in your corner, working to guarantee that all guilty parties are held accountable.
Ready to file a claim and pursue justice through a financial damages award? Our expert attorneys are available online or by phone now.
This applies to any individual who may have harmed you, but also to specific institutions that have a notorious history of overlooking abuse. We want you to be certain that with each case we accept, justice will be served to the fullest extent of the law. We are adamant that nobody, regardless of how ostensibly significant or influential they may seem, is above the law.
For many survivors, the pursuit towards obtaining justice and possibly finding closure has been a long and difficult journey. At Dordulian Law Group, we’re here to ensure that your journey concludes with a fair and just resolution.
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