In a recent testimony by Dr. Janet Warren, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia’s medical school, it has been revealed that over 7,800 Boy Scout Leaders/Members have been accused in over 12,000 instances of child sexual abuse.
For the past 5 years, Dr. Warren has been “on private contract” with the Boy Scouts of America. She and her team evaluated the institution’s list of “Ineligible Volunteer Files,” also known as the “Perversion Files,” comprised of Boy Scout Leaders and volunteer members deemed ineligible to work with the Boy Scouts after having been accused of sexually exploiting, abusing, or assaulting children in the program. It’s believed that many of these perpetrators faced no legal investigation into their alleged crimes against the Boy Scouts. Nor were community members made aware or these accusations. Many are still allegedly acting in leadership roles that involve children. This injustice must end. Which is why victims of child sexual abuse can bring claims against their abuser (or the institution which allowed the abuse to occur or persist) under the New York “Child Victims Protection and Accountability Act.” Victims claims may be brought regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred for a year-long window of time, beginning in August 2019.
Often, victims take a long time to confront their oppressor(s) or speak out regarding their trauma. In response to the ongoing nature of the trauma, Governor Cuomo signed into law the “Child Victims Protection and Accountability Act,” or the Child Victims Act. The act extends the statute of limitations for child victims who have been sexually abused, assaulted, or molested while under the age of 18. Child victims will have the ability to make claims until they reach age 55.
Additionally, for a short window of time, any person who has been sexually abused, assaulted, or molested under the age of 18 can bring a claim against their abuser regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred.
Therefore, it is important to act as soon as possible by contacting an attorney with experience handling cases of sexual assault. Many child sex abusers have faced no legal repercussions for their alleged crimes – crimes kept confidential by the institutions that employ or have employed these abusers. Victims must be heard and receive the emotional and financial justice they’re entitled to for the psychological effects this trauma has brought upon their lives.
The New York City Sexual Abuse Lawyers at Leeds Brown Law, P.C., are here to help victims in the Five Boroughs, Nassau and Suffolk County, Long Island, and Westchester County. If you were sexually abused, assaulted, or molested by a Boy Scout leader, you may be entitled to significant damages. Our experienced legal counsel is here to fight vigorously on your behalf. You deserve justice and closure. Reach out today for a free, confidential consultation. Our Long Island and New York City Child Sexual Abuse Lawyers can offer guidance into your legal claim and navigate the case with your best interests in mind. If you are a victim, we believe you and are here to listen. Call us now. Don’t wait.
Contact Leeds Brown Law, P.C., via email or by phone at (212) 661-4730, (516) 701-2289 or (833) 739-4272.