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Boy Scouts of America Sexual Assault Lawyers
California Child Sexual Assault Lawyers Seeking Justice & Compensation
For much of the 20th Century, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) had a squeaky clean public image. In fact, participation in the Boy Scouts was considered to be almost a rite of passage for the average American male. In the last few decades, however, a number of ugly and startling facts regarding the history and prevalence of youth sexual abuse within the organization have been brought to light. Like many other organizations and institutions where adults can have close, unsupervised contact with children, the BSA attracts sexual predators and probably more than most due to privacy and control afforded by "ordinary" scouting activities such as camping.
At the Joseph George Jr. Law Corporation, we have been obtaining justice and compensation for survivors of childhood sexual abuse since 1986. Our success is due in part to our experience and limited focus on these cases, but also to the psychologist's education, training, and work history that attorney Dr. Joseph C. George brings to our practice. In many cases, in fact, his understanding of the emotional and psychological injuries associated with childhood sexual abuse has made all the difference for our clients. You can rely on our child sexual abuse attorneys in California to provide you with the strong representation you deserve.
Call our California Boy Scouts of America Sexual Abuse Lawyers at 916-623-4914 to receive the justice you deserve.
What Are the “Perversion Files”?
Since the Boy Scouts of America was established in 1910 there have been allegations of scout leaders and volunteers abusing young boys. As early as the organization began tracking allegations of misconduct by volunteers, it used the files to quietly remove predators from its ranks, apparently to no avail. We now know, for instance, that the BSA has been dismissing suspected child abusers for most of the last century. We also know that in many cases, those dismissals only came after the BSA could no longer ignore clear warning signs that should have been investigated sooner.
The Boy Scouts were forced to release thousands of documents in 2012 after a court order. These documents came to be known as the Perversion Files. It was revealed that the Scouts were aware of abuse in chapters nationwide. Worse, the organization did not report the allegations to authorities, thus covering up the abuse.
Adult volunteers and Scout leaders sexually abused thousands of boys and young men due to their negligence. Oftentimes, sexual predators who are known to be repeat offenders are simply moved to other chapters rather than being expelled, and are allowed to victimize more boys.
California's AB 218 Helps Victims of Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse
A law known as AB 218 entered into effect in California on Jan. 1, 2020. Under this law, the requirements for pursuing claims of childhood sexual abuse were significantly changed by:
- Adding sexual assault to the definition of sexual abuse, which covers offenses that were previously not considered sexual abuse.
- It is proposed to extend the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases to the later of 22 years after the age of majority, or 5 years after the discovery of childhood sexual abuse. Therefore, survivors of boy scout sexual abuse have until the age of 40 to file a claim, while extending the discovery date provides more time.
- Renewal of previously barred claims that may fall outside the expanded statute of limitations by creating a 3-year window for submitting claims that were blocked by previous time limits.
- Victims may recover treble damages if organizations cover up child sexual abuse.
Our highly skilled sexual abuse attorneys will protect your rights under AB 218 if you have been victimized by the Boy Scouts and have been denied the right to pursue a claim due to prior time limitations.
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If you were sexually abused by a Boy Scout troop leader, know that it wasn't your fault and that today you have the power to do something about it and reclaim your own life. Through the legal system, we can help you pursue the justice and compensation you are owed.
Honest CommunicationWe value each of our clients; everyone deserves respect and clear communication. We never leave our clients in the dark.
Well-Rounded TeamAttorney Joseph George Jr. is a former deputy district attorney; Attorney Maricar Pascual was the national champion in appellate advocacy.
Decades of ExperienceCollectively, our legal team has more than 30 years of experience in fighting for the rights of Californians.
Ph.D. in PsychologyJoseph C. George earned a Ph.D. in psychology and was an active duty clinical psychologist in the United States Air Force for 12 years.