Boy Scouts of America Lawsuits
Connecticut Sexual Abuse Lawyers Ready to Protect You
In 2012, a set of inflammatory statements were made against the Boy Scouts
of America (BSA), alleging that scoutmasters throughout the decades and
all around the country were regularly molesting young boys. After the
first wave of reports hit the headlines, teens and adults across the nation
saw that it was acceptable for them to come out and tell their stories
of sexual abuse. 17 men and 2 women have hired the firm to file a
high-profile claim against a single scoutmaster, Donald Dennis, who is now deceased.
As the story and the case develops, it is important to encourage anyone
who has ever been abused by a scoutmaster or any person associated with
the Boy Scouts of America to step forward and seek justice. The men and
women in the ongoing lawsuit have filed anonymously – as John Does
and Jane Does – so it is possible to pursue fair compensation while
keeping your life private. If this information pertains to you, please
do not hesitate to call
401.216.4414 and speak to our Connecticut sexual abuse lawyers in a
confidential case evaluation.
Sexual Abuse Laws & Related Compensation
The allegations of the BSA lawsuit is fronting stem from the 1960s and
70s. While some people may believe a statute of limitations must have
passed to prohibit the lawsuits, the opposite is true. People who were
victimized by sexual abusers have 30 years to file a claim after they
reach 18, or one year after new evidence regarding the abusive acts is
brought to light.
Actions that constitute sexual abuse include:
- Forced sexual acts
- Taking illicit pictures
There are two main forms of compensation being sought in the BSA lawsuits:
Nominal: When a person has been sexually abused by someone they trusted, such as
a scoutmaster, it usually results in severe psychological or emotional
trauma. Nominal damages seek to provide peace of mind by awarding the
plaintiff for their mental harm experienced as a result of the abuse.
Punitive: Criminal acts that cause significant emotional or physical harm to someone
can be penalized with punitive damages in a civil lawsuit. By making the
defendant pay punitive damages, the hope is that they and others with
similar mindsets will never repeat the criminal act, such as molesting
Why the Boy Scouts Could Be Guilty
The Donald Dennis case has raised a question about liability in sexual
abuse cases of this nature. With Dennis having passed away in 2013, before
the case was filed, the Boy Scouts of America and other associated organizations
were named liable for the damages. This is due to the fact that the Boy
Scouts have an inherent responsibility to ensure its members are protected
at all times.
In a statement released to the public, BSA “extended its deepest
sympathies” to the victims of scoutmaster abuse. The apologetic
tone of the press release can be seen as an admission of guilt, of the
BSA’s own way of saying that it allowed sexual abuse to occur due
to its own negligence or lack of oversight.
Take Action & Seek Justice with Our Assistance
TJC ESQ and our Connecticut sexual abuse attorneys are vigilant in our
pursuit of justice for our clients. We want nothing more than to know
that they have been given the compensation they deserve so that they can
hopefully find peace of mind. If you need to tell someone about what has
happened to you while you were attending the Boy Scouts of America, either
years in the past or quite recently, we wholeheartedly encourage you to
reach out to us for both moral support and legal guidance in the lawsuit you may need to file.
401.216.4414 at any hour, any day for our help.