Parents are always searching for positive opportunities for their children to learn and grow. For those interested in having their children develop relationships through providing service to others, the decision of whether to join the Boy Scouts often does not require a second thought.
The Scouts pride themselves on teaching young boys to live by their laws of reverence, obedience and loyalty. However, troop involvement does not always result in a positive experience for all involved – especially when respect is misdirected.
In many legal matters, a statute of limitations restricts your ability to file a lawsuit after a given period of time. However, in certain situations, such as instances of childhood sex abuse, an opportunity to hold leaders accountable for their actions may exist long after such actions took place.
A recent report about the Boy Scouts suggests:
Lawmakers are working on implementing policies to extend the amount of time people who were abused as children can file a lawsuit against the organization. Meanwhile, there is anticipation that the class-action will include men from every state.
The Boy Scouts are striving to improve the health and safety of those who participate in their programs through requirements which include required criminal background checks for each of their staff members and volunteers.
However, if you experienced sexual abuse as a Scout, you may be well within your rights to explore your options as an adult.