As apart of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) ongoing bankruptcy case, over 90,000 sexual abuse claims have been filed.
One of the lead attorneys for the legal team representing the claimants, Andrew Van Arsdale, revealed to CNN that the number of reported claims was initially at 82,000 this past Sunday, but rose to 92,700 just ahead of the 5 p.m. deadline for submitting claims this past Monday.
A lawyer who has been working on Boy Scouts cases for nearly 20 years, Paul Mones, revealed to Axios he expects the total number of reported cases to be “closer” to 100,000.
“This is a staggering number of cases, even beyond what I thought was out there,” Mones reportedly said. “The scope of this is something I could never have contemplated.”
The claims include reports of forced sex, fondling, and exposure to pornography.
In February of this year after facing a wave of decades-old sexual abuse claims, the BSA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The BSA revealed: “We are devastated by the number of lives impacted by past abuse in Scouting and moved by the bravery of those who came forward. We are heartbroken that we cannot undo their pain.”
“We intentionally developed an open, accessible process to reach survivors and help them take an essential step toward receiving compensation,” the organization went on.
“The response we have seen from survivors has been gut-wrenching. We are deeply sorry.”
The statement added, “Now that all claims have been filed, the next step will be for third-party advisors to review the claims in order to uphold the integrity of the process, while the national organization works to develop a plan of reorganization to fund the proposed Trust. We are committed to working as expeditiously as possible to provide survivors of abuse with equitable compensation.”
The initial bankruptcy filing revealed how the organization has more than $1 billion in assets.
A compensation fund will be created after the bankruptcy court proceedings to pay out settlements to abuse survivors whose claims are upheld.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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