The Boy Scouts of America failed to prevent children from being preyed upon by pedophiles working within the organization, despite repeated reports of inappropriate behavior. With survivors coming forward about the abuse they endured from troop leaders and other staff members, it’s time that the Boy Scouts of America and sexual abusers are held accountable for their actions.
Collectively known as the “perversion files,” these documents show that the Boy Scouts of America was not only aware of the inappropriate behavior of troop leaders, but that the organization failed to take appropriate action to prevent further abuse.
Reports were often not made to law enforcement when specific adult troop leaders were repeatedly named as pedophiles. These abusers were able to move to other troops, where they would continue to sexually abuse boys.
With certain pedophiles now behind bars, it’s time that those who allowed this abuse for the better part of several decades are held accountable. A Boy Scout sexual abuse lawyer in Chicago can help you recover compensation for the suffering this situation has put you through.
Signs of Sexual Abuse and Recovery
If you are the parent of a former Boy Scout who is now an adult or a former Boy Scout yourself, you may be unsure of whether abuse occurred. For children and parents of children, some signs to look out for include the following:
Bursts of anger
Adult sexual knowledge inappropriate for age level
Engaging in self-harm
Problems in school, such as failing grades or acting out
How to Help
Noticing just one of these behaviors isn’t always cause for concern, but a child who is exhibiting multiple warning signs of sexual abuse may need your help. You can begin advocating for your child in many ways. You can start by reaching out to the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, which works with individuals who are skilled at assessing possible sexual abuse.
If sexual abuse has been identified, you can help by remaining calm and enrolling your child in therapy, where he will be able to be open about what he has been through. You should also report your findings to law enforcement officials, who can open up an investigation to bring your child’s abuser to justice.
Finally, if you’re interested in pursuing compensation in civil court, contact a Chicago Boy Scouts sex abuse attorney at our firm.
Reach Out to a Chicago Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Attorney
Once it’s been established that your child has been the victim of sexual abuse tied to the Boy Scouts of America, a Lane & Lane, LLC attorney can help you move forward in a civil suit against the organization for failing to put a stop to this abuse. We’ll also do everything we can to hold the perpetrator accountable in civil court.
You can schedule a consultation with a Chicago Boy Scout sexual abuse lawyer today by filling out the form below or giving us a call directly at 312-332-1400.
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