Parents want their children to learn a lot, have great health, make good friends, and be good people. This is why many parents are happy to have their children join Boy Scouts to learn how to stay safe, be healthy, be kind to others, and make the world a better place. Unfortunately, not even the Boy Scouts organization is necessarily a safe environment for children.
Most sexual abusers are men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the majority of abusers know their victims. Unfortunately, Boy Scouts is a perfect avenue for sexual abusers to prey on victims.
Recently there have been a string of lawsuits filed against the Boy Scouts of America for molestation, rape, sexual abuse, and the fact the organization kept “perversion files.” While there are many Scout leaders who are upstanding role models, some adult volunteers—as well as children put in leadership roles—have, in fact, been guilty of Boy Scout sexual abuse. Some examples of the abuses include:
- Unwanted touching
- Fondling a child over or under clothing
- Performing oral sex
- Other sexual acts
The Boy Scout Law teaches a Scout that he should be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, and kind. However, the actions of this organization—which failed to protect boys from sexual abuse—make these words empty. If you, or your son, have been abused in the Boy Scouts, call a Florida child abuse attorney immediately.
Our Sarasota child abuse lawyers have represented Florida child sexual abuse victims against the Boy Scouts and can help you and your family seek justice for the wrongs you suffered. You should be compensated for the physical and emotional suffering you endured as a result of the abuse. Call Mallard Perez at 888-409-3805 for a free, private consultation to get your questions answered and start moving forward.