Boy Scouts of America File for Bankruptcy

Sexual abuse allegations and lawsuits filed against the organization force them into bankruptcy.

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Haven Blosser and Cesar Giron

Boy Scouts have been around since Feb. 8, 1910, and now it might be going downhill due to bankruptcy and lawsuits.

“The bankruptcy filing comes at a time when the organization faces hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, thousands of alleged abuse victims and dwindling membership numbers,” Laura Ly from CNN said.

A powerful organization facing backlash for many sexual abuse cases results in millions of dollars down the drain for the Boy Scout organization. There has been $150 million in settlements and legal costs from 2017 to 2019. 

“Last April, exposed court testimony showed the organization believed more than 7,800 of its former leaders were involved in sexually abusing more than 12,000 children over the course of 72 years” (CNN).

These claims aren’t necessarily a new thing for the Boy Scouts program, but it is finally coming to light and receiving the attention that something this important needs. 

Charles Eddington, a sophomore, has been involved in Boy Scout’s since first grade and is of the highest rank at an Eagle scout.

“I’ve heard, there haven’t been very many instances within the local council, most of them are instances of national council, but they don’t really affect us locally,” Eddington said. 

Since Boy Scouts is a national activity/club, it is made up of various smaller councils and the main national council. Along with these allegations and claims, another issue that may arise is the possibility of the popularity of boy scouts going down due to these abuse claims. 

Moreover, the youth organization has allowed children who identify as girls to join the Scouts, a controversial move that was seen by some, including Girl Scouts of the USA President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, as an attempt to raise their diminished enrollment numbers. The Boy Scouts organization knows that they can’t undo what happened in the past with sexual abuse, but they are partnering with services such as “1in6”, an organization for male survivors of sexual abuse, to provide help for previous victims.