Cincinnati Consumer Protection and Sexual Abuse Attorney reviewing Church Abuse Settlements and Ohio Boy Scout Abuse Lawsuits for victims and plaintiffs
Young men and their families have put their trust in community leaders and educators for decades. But much of America’s confidence in outdoor programs for boys and girls has been corrupted by allegations of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse cases and Ohio Boy Scout lawsuits have been filed on behalf of victims recently, and more settlements are likely to follow.
The Boy Scouts says that nearly 8,000 of its volunteers have been excluded from the organization since they were accused of sexual abuse. That is a terrifyingly large number of individuals, the majority of whom have walked away without any criminal charges or even an investigation.
The scandal is much too reminiscent of the Catholic Church Sex Abuse epidemic that continues to deeply affect Ohio and much of the United States.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Sexual Abuse Attorney and personal injury lawyer reviewing church abuse cases and Ohio Boy Scout lawsuits on behalf of victims and plaintiffs.
The Lyon Firm is dedicated to bringing sexual perpetrators to justice and seeking compensation for the damages caused.
Boy Scout Sexual Abuse & the ‘Perversion Files’
Recently a professor at the University of Virginia revealed the true scope of Boy Scout sexual abuse when she testified in a trial involving allegations of child sexual abuse in Minnesota. Janet Warren said she had been hired by the Boy Scouts to review data known as the “perversion files.”
The Boy Scouts has compiled information on blacklisted volunteers, members banned for “reasonable allegations of child sexual abuse.” At least 57 Ohio former Boy Scout members are on the Perversion file list.
The Boy Scouts has kept 72 years’ worth of documents, naming over 7,800 potential sexual perpetrators. Ms. Warren has said there has been 12,254 victims since 1944. Some of the same Boy Scout files had already been made public in 2012, recover for a sexual abuse trial in Oregon against a Scout leader.
The Boy Scouts has stated that all accounts of suspected sexual abuse have been reported to police and law enforcement agencies. They released a statement that noted: “At no time have we ever knowingly allowed a perpetrator to work with youth.”
But in 2012, The Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press said some local prosecutors and police officials may have protected scouting volunteers accused of abuse in fear that negative publicity would hurt the Boy Scout legacy.
Ohio Boy Scout Lawsuits & Abuse Settlements
Around 2.2 million children and nearly a million volunteers are members of the Boy Scouts in the U.S. Young men in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana have flocked to the organization to gain a better understanding of the outdoors and leadership skills. Though what should have been a foundation for outdoor education sometimes became a platform for sexual abuse.
The Boy Scouts has acted in its own interests and did not publicly release the 7,800 alleged sexual perpetrator names. They may have removed the individuals form the organization, however, that may have not been enough to prevent further instances of Boy Scout Sexual Abuse.
Under a new law in New York, plaintiffs file sexual abuse claims until they turn 28. In civil cases, victims can sue both abusers and the institutions that enabled them until they are 55 years of age.
Ohio Boy Scout Lawsuits may have a tighter statute of limitations, though settlement for many victims and plaintiffs can be sought in the court of law. In Oregon in 2010, a jury found the Boy Scouts liable for $18.5 million in punitive damages after a scout was sexually abused at age 12 by an assistant troop leader.
Ohio Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations
Young men who are abused are understandably reluctant to come forward and report a crime. Many fail to ever come forward and spend many years with the pain of the incident etched in their heart and mind. Others who do come forward, try only to file a report for closure and find it may be too late to file charges.
Ohio statute of limitations laws dictate that a rape must be reported within 20 years in most cases. Other sexual assault and abuse crimes must be filed within two years.
As the Boy Scouts of America case evolves, lawyers for at least eight plaintiffs, identified as John Does 1 through 8, living in states where statute of limitations laws would normally prevent them from pressing sexual abuse charges, based on alleged crimes occurring decades ago, are filing lawsuits in Washington, D.C.
The plaintiffs and their attorneys say federal court in Washington is an appropriate venue for the sexual abuse lawsuit because the Boy Scouts were originally incorporated in the nation’s capital. Lawyers across the country involved in child sex abuse cases and church abuse lawsuits are seeking to ease the existing statute of limitations laws to accommodate unusual claims like those seen in the Boy Scout Abuse lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of Boy Scout sexual abuse, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding Ohio Boy Scout lawsuits.