Bankrupt Boy Scouts

Following many sexual abuse allegations and more than 50 years of cover-ups, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy is the act of liquidating one’s assets and debts to essentially give the filer a fresh start.

“Abused in Scouting” an organization that works on the behalf of people who faced sexual abuse as members of BSA, has found nearly 2,000 current and former scouts who experienced some form of sexual abuse from adult leaders during their time in the organization. This has led to a large number of lawsuits against BSA for an undisclosed amount.

The lawsuits not only cover the actual abuse, but BSA’s lack of action regarding past instances. Throughout the past several years, BSA has opted not to report instances of sexual abuse, failing to internally report sexual abuse and allowing abusers to return to the program.

In a recent statement, Jim Turley, BSA’s national chairman, stated that the bankruptcy was not to avoid compensating abuse victims. Turley says that BSA’s current plan is to create a victim compensation trust to give fair compensation to abuse victims.

In the bankruptcy, BSA is expected to lose millions of dollars in assets. Following this, many feel that BSA needs to significantly change on a foundational level in order to even consider continuing as an organization.

BSA has been working to make scouting safer over the course of the past decade, introducing new requirements like background checks for all volunteers and disallowing adult volunteers to meet with scouts one-on-one.