Time is running out to bring your claim for compensation against the BSA
Survivors of all types of abuse, committed by scout leaders, counselors and fellow scouts have until 5 p.m. Nov. 16, 2020 to file a claim for compensation against the Boy Scouts of America to be eligible for compensation through the organization’s bankruptcy proceedings.
If you are a survivor of abuse you must file your claim before by 5 p.m. November 16, 2020 or you will be barred from filing suit against the national organization in the future.
Even if you think you do not have a valid claim due to how long ago the abuse occurred, you should consider filing a claim. Regardless of the State where the abuse occurred you should consider discussing your claim with a lawyer skilled in handling such delicate legal matters.
In addition to the Boy Scouts, the Scouting groups also included are:
- Venturing programs
- Sea Scouting and
- Cub Scouts.
What types of abuse will be considered in any claim?
- Sexual abuse
- physical abuse
- emotional abuse
- bullying or hazing
Claims will not be public and will not be released to the media.
I have represented hundreds of survivors of child sexual, physical and emotional abuse, including boys, now grown men, who survived abuse by priests employed by the Catholic Church. I know your pain and how it has followed you throughout your life.
It is a big step to come forward and acknowledge the pain you have endured. Many survivors live their lives without ever sharing their experience with anyone. I know. I have met and spoken privately with over one thousand survivors of all types of sexual, physical and emotional abuse
When abuse occurs to a child, the child knows only to blame themselves for what happened. No amount of denial or intellectualizing what occurred allows for the healing to begin. Drawing from my experience, I feel that healing truly begins when a survivor of abuse steps into the light, points the finger at the cause of his or her pain and finally stops blaming him or herself for the abuse. Charles Dickens captured the magnitude of harm to a child: “In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice.”
Let your healing begin. CALL to discuss your pain and allow me the honor of representing you through this compensation process. William F. McMurry at 502-326-9000