WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Boy Scouts of America is facing sex abuse claims from hundreds of former boy scouts.
Close to 200 former boy scouts have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse. They are alleging they were molested by scoutmasters or other volunteers.
A number of states have adjusted their statute-of-limitations laws so that victims of sexual abuse can sue for damages.
Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts’ finances. Defense costs and settlements costs could be far greater than Boy Scout of America’s membership fees will cover.
Boy Scouts of America told 22News they care deeply about all victims of child abuse and apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time with the boy scouts.
In their statement, they said:
“We believe victims, we support them, and we have paid for unlimited counseling by a provider of their choice.”
Boy Scouts of America also said it’s required that youth is never alone with an adult leader during scouting activities.