Joining the Boy Scouts can be a formative experience in a young boy’s life. Besides learning new skills and making new friends, the Boy Scouts’ mission is to “Prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law,” which is to do your duty to God and country, keep physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. The irony of the mission statement is that a Los Angeles Times review from 1970 to 1991 discovered that there were more than 125 cases in the US where men had been sexually molesting children even after the organization had detailed evidence of the abuse.
It appears that these predators slipped back into the program by going around the registration process or falsifying documents. Some went from troop to troop without being stopped due to administrative or computer errors. The Boy Scouts have a confidential blacklist that is known as the “perversion files.” Boy Scout officials said that these files were used to prevent predators from returning to the organization after the abuse was discovered. They also stated that the records are confidential to protect the victims, witnesses and anyone that may be falsely accused. However, in some cases, officials failed to document the initial abuse when it occurred and allowed the molester to keep working with the children.
Child sexual abuse is deviant behavior. The “cure” rate is very poor, and the recidivism rate is very high. Many psychologists and psychiatrists believe that without proper counseling and therapeutic intervention, the emotional and psychological scars from the abuse can affect a child’s psychosocial development and impact the rest of their lives. It may predispose a child, as they age, to become an abuser of children himself, or to use drugs or alcohol and to become depressed enough to commit suicide.
If your child was abused in the Boy Scouts, you need an attorney on your side who fully understands the legalities involved in a bringing a case to court to sue the responsible parties. Call the Reinken Law Firm in Connecticut to consult with attorneys who have years of practice specializing in sexual abuse cases in the Boy Scouts. Regardless of when the incident occurred, the statute of limitations will not run out if the child was under 18 at the time of the abuse. It can be helpful in healing your child’s trauma from the abuse if he knows that justice prevailed, and the perpetrator of the crime has been stopped from doing it again. Call 203-541-0090 or 800-987-8780 so that we can help you get justice for your child and assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.