Our sexual abuse lawyers have the experience and dedication needed to help you win your case against major institutions like Boy Scouts of America.
The Boy Scouts of America organization engaged in decades of widespread and systemic sexual abuse of children. The Dordulian Law Group Sexual Abuse Justice Expert (SAJE) Team serves as a unique advocate for all survivors, helping individuals file civil lawsuits and obtain justice through financial damages awards.
After hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits against Boy Scouts of America, the organization filed for bankruptcy in February 2020. The bankruptcy court established a victim compensation fund for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This compensation fund allows survivors to obtain justice in the form of a financial damages settlement award. However, the bankruptcy court has also set a deadline of November 16, 2020 for filing a claim.
It’s important for survivors to act quickly in order to be ruled eligible to receive damages awards from the compensation fund. After the November deadline, survivors who have not filed a claim may be deemed ineligible to pursue legal recourse by the bankruptcy court, leaving them without options and unable to pursue justice against their perpetrators or recover a financial damages award.
Survivors of Boy Scout abuse should contact a DLG SAJE Team member immediately to ensure their claim is filed timely and properly. Our Los Angeles-area Boy Scouts of America sexual abuse attorneys have decades of experience fighting for the rights of survivors against individual perpetrators and institutions. We have recovered over $100 million for our clients throughout the years, and will help you secure the largest possible damages award for your claim.
Dordulian Law Group’s team of experienced Boy Scouts of America sexual abuse lawyers is dedicated to fighting for survivors and helping them recover the maximum financial damages award available under the law. Under California AB 218, we are currently pursuing financial damages awards from local BSA chapters and sponsoring organizations on behalf of multiple survivors. This is in addition to filing a claim in bankruptcy court. As those groups are not part of the national organization’s bankruptcy proceedings, this means that we are able to fight and recover additional financial damages for all BSA abuse survivors.
Assembly Bill 218, also known as the California Child Victims Act, is a new law that offers survivors of childhood sexual abuse a rare opportunity for justice. Under the new law, survivors of California childhood sexual abuse are able to file a claim regardless of how long ago the crime occurred. The statute of limitations that would normally apply to sex crimes has been temporarily removed under the laws three-year “lookback window.” This limited window represents an unprecedented opportunity for survivors to obtain justice against both their individual perpetrators and the institutions responsible for their trauma.
With the passage of AB 218, Dordulian Law Group is able to pursue claims against Boy Scouts of America for crimes that would have otherwise been barred under the statute of limitations. However, this is an opportunity that is only available for a limited time, as the bill temporarily removes the statute of limitations through January 1, 2023. After that date, the statute of limitations resumes, and many claims will once again be barred from proceeding.
Pursuing a financial damages award through the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy filing and under AB 218 requires initial action before November 16, 2020. You must file a claim before that deadline.
Moreover, under AB 218 all financial damages awards are subject to treble damages. Treble damages refers to a court’s ability to to triple the amount of compensatory damages that can be awarded to a prevailing plaintiff. Under AB 218, if a cover-up can be proven – either by an individual or institution – successful plaintiffs may be eligible to collect triple damages for their claim. In other words, if you are a survivor of Boy Scout abuse and were awarded $5 million for your claim, that award could actually be tripled to $15 million in the event of a cover-up being proven.
DLG pursues treble damages awards for all applicable BSA survivor clients.
Evidence of the organization’s failure to report or take action against prevalent sexual childhood abuse can be traced back to 1935, when a New York Times article reported that the BSA knowingly maintained files on hundreds of scout leaders that they labeled “degenerates.” This is one of many shocking revelations that have come to light concerning the BSA and widespread sexual abuse.
2019 court testimony has also revealed that the Boy Scouts of America organization collected internal files on suspected pedophiles for several decades through its “volunteer screening database.” Facing so many reports of systemic childhood sexual abuse, a professor from the University of Virginia was actually hired by BSA to review records from the organization. Her investigation uncovered the following:
The rampant abuse and failure to act on the part of the Boy Scouts of America organization is simply indefensible. We are committed to obtaining justice on behalf of every BSA abuse survivor, and are currently helping multiple clients with claims. We can do the same for you, but it’s imperative to remember that you must contact us as soon as possible in order to meet the November 16, 2020 deadline.
If you are a survivor a Boy Scout sexual abuse, DLG can help you recover a financial damages award even if the crime occurred decades ago. Do not hesitate to contact us today. We are here to answer any questions you have regarding a childhood sexual abuse claim against Boy Scouts of America.
Whatever term you use – whether it’s sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual violence, childhood sexual abuse, institutional sexual abuse, child pornography, etc. – these odious criminal acts are never the fault of the survivor. Sexual abuse can impact any individual, family, or organization. Sexual abuse can also happen anywhere, at any time. Many Boy Scout survivors report acts of abuse taking take place at camps, meetings, social outings, someone’s private home, in parking lots, etc.
Common examples of sexual abuse include:
In addition to the physical effects of childhood sexual abuse, many survivors also experience significant and lifelong psychological trauma. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, symptoms of psychological and behavioral effects experienced following childhood sexual abuse can include:
Moreover, children who are survivors of sexual abuse are reportedly more likely to develop symptoms of drug abuse, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Instances of self-harm or attempted suicide are also commonly reported.
These effects can prove to be profoundly damaging in multiple ways for survivors throughout the course of their lives, particularly on a socioeconomic level. Many survivors of childhood sexual abuse report difficulty in finding and maintaining a job. Additionally, the costs for necessary medical and psychological therapy, including prescription medications, can be staggering.
Perpetrators of childhood sexual abuse inflict severe and everlasting trauma on innocent victims and must be held accountable for their crimes. DLG’s team of Boy Scout sexual abuse lawyers is here to fight aggressively on your behalf to recover the largest possible financial damages award, ensuring individuals and institutions responsible for such horrific crimes are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Some view the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy filing as an effort to evade responsibility for decades of sexual abuse. Following the organization’s bankruptcy filing, Boy Scouts of America issued an open letter to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In the letter, Jim Turley, BSA’s National Chair, said:
Turley also stated that the bankruptcy filing is not an effort “to dodge responsibility for compensating them [survivors].” Dordulian Law Group is committed to ensuring that the Boy Scouts of America organization is held responsible for its decades of systemic childhood sexual abuse. We are aggressively pursuing claims on behalf of survivors through a multi-faceted strategy of securing justice through all available avenues.
Survivors should never have their opportunity for justice hindered due to financial concerns. At DLG, we represent survivors of Boy Scout sexual abuse on a contingency basis. What does this mean? In short, you do not pay a penny unless we win on your behalf.
At DLG, we believe that all survivors should have access to qualified, experienced, and dedicated legal advice and representation. We do not charge clients anything upfront. You pay nothing until we recover a financial damages award on your behalf.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation without any obligation. We are committed to helping you find the justice you deserve and are here to answer any questions you have confidentially and discreetly.
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