While the Boy Scouts were once seen as an honorable organization, many of their headlines are now marred with sexual assault settlements. Predators often hide within spaces that are assumed to be safe and in positions associated with authority and trust. The Boy Scouts are not exempt from this sick strategy.
Recently, the Boy Scouts of America organization filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to the class action lawsuit for sexual abuse that was gaining steam. Just this month, the national settlement fund reached $1.9 billion in compensation for survivors, which our sexual abuse lawyer says is the largest in U.S. history.
In a class action lawsuit, multiple injured parties join together to fight for a settlement which is split into pieces.
While a $1.9 settlement may sound like good news and a great step for survivors, there are so many who were abused by counselors that the amount they are taking home individually often falls under $10,000. The survivors also describe how painful it is for their trauma to be assigned a number.
The Boy Scouts released a statement saying: “We are deeply saddened by the pain and suffering that survivors of past abuse have endured and are committed to fulfilling our social and moral responsibility to equitably compensate survivors while also ensuring that Scouting’s mission continues.”
While a class-action settlement gives survivors confidence in numbers, the division of this specific settlement is proving that you can’t put a price tag on abuse. Right now, the division strategy is to narrow down the specifics of the abuse; if the survivor experienced abuse with the clothes on, they receive about half as much as someone who was abused naked.
Regardless of the circumstances, abuse is never okay and the emotional scars can last decades. Survivors often feel retraumatized when receiving financial compensation, especially like the above situation where the settlements are much less than anticipated.
When you hire a personal injury attorney to file a lawsuit for sexual abuse, you expect them to fight tooth and nail to ensure that you are properly financially secure for the next few years.
If you want a lawyer to give you the best settlement possible, hire an attorney from Accident Lawyers Firm. We are here to help you heal.