Tens of thousands of people who say they were sexually abused while scouts and filed suit against the Boy Scouts of America have reached an $850 million settlement, the largest in a child sexual abuse case in United States history. More than 84,000 people are part of the lawsuit against the 110-year-old organization, which has been plagued with claims of abuse from volunteers and leaders since the 1960s.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has filed for bankruptcy protection in a move that the group says will allow it to build a compensation fund for sex abuse victims. The move follows a number of lawsuits filed against the organization over claims of sexual abuse, alleging it failed to prevent hundreds of cases. As a result of the move, all civil lawsuits against it are put on hold.
After a nearly 100-year history, the Boy Scouts of America announced they will be inclusive to girls. The unanimously approved decision comes on the heels of years of decreasing enrollment and requests from girls and families. Girl Scouts President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan stated the ‘best girl leadership organization in the world’ is ‘here to stay.’