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Boy Scouts File for Bankruptcy After ‘Decades’ of Sexual Abuse Claims

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday morning following “decades” of sexual abuse claims and fears that a class action lawsuit filed by alleged sexual assault victims could leave the organization destitute.

Fox News reports that the declaration, filed in Delaware where the Boy Scouts are incorporated is designed to halt “the hundreds of lawsuits the BSA is facing that allege sexual misconduct by people within the 110-year-old organization over the years.” Many of the lawsuits are new, but reference decades-old incidents, filed following several states’ decision to drop the statute of limitations on sexual abuse claims so that victims could sue not just the Boy Scouts, but several religious organizations, including the Catholic Church. Read more…

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