The Boy Scouts of America have filed for bankruptcy
Over 12,000 children are believed to have been sexually abused by Boy Scouts volunteers. Amid hundreds of lawsuits, the organization has now filed for bankruptcy.
Is the organization worth saving?
"Everything that kinda happened from this incident, right, kinda molded my life today. I can bring it back to that point.”, Darrell Jackson, a former Boy Scout, reveals.
In the United States, the Boy Scouts of America, the largest American scout movement, is filing for bankruptcy following sex abuse scandals that occurred between 1944 and 2016.
“When it turned into the ugliness it was like I didn't know what to do, you know. I didn't know how to handle that.”, Jackson continued.
It was the Los Angeles Times that uncovered the story in 2012.
Since then, the Boy Scouts of America has faced a series of lawsuits. Jason Amala, an attorney representing abuse victims, commented, “The entire organization is based on this idea that here's a man you can trust. It's not your own dad. This is someone you can trust, and you should trust. How on Earth can you tell kids that and tell parents that when you know that you have this systemic problem that they can't all be trusted. ”Thousands of confidential documents were published showing that, for decades, the organization had hidden the sexual abuse perpetrated by its volunteer supervisors.
While the Boy Scouts of America is filing for bankruptcy, this doesn’t mean it will now cease to operate
It intends to create a compensation fund for the victims of sexual abuse. The Boy Scouts of America is the principal American scouts movement. Influenced by the British scouts, it has included 130 million young Americans in its ranks since its creation in 1910. On its website, the Boy Scouts of America describes its mission to: “provide the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be ‘Prepared. For Life’.”
Members of the organization
While women were only allowed to become members of the organization in 2018, numerous famous figures have been a part of it: Bill Gates, Michael Jordan or the future presidents Bill Clinton, John. F Kennedy and George W. Bush. Once elected, every president of the United States automatically becomes an honorary member of the organization.