December 12, 2018; Wall Avenue Journal
Late final week, NPQ wrote concerning the chapter submitting by USA Gymnastics within the wake of all the fees round its complicity within the sexual abuse scandal and subsequent coverup. A lawyer for many who have been abused characterised it as a tactic to stall pending lawsuits. Yesterday, it emerged that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are additionally seeking to declare chapter, and for the same purpose. That group additionally has lawsuits pending for sexual abuse of scouts, and the group may request that the fits be halted whereas it goes by way of a reorganization. This, some speculate, would give the group some leverage in settling the fits.
BSA Chief Scout Government Mike Surbaugh issued the now pat and predictable assertion of “concern” and dedication to compensation for “victims who suffered abuse throughout their time in Scouting.”
“We care deeply about all victims of kid intercourse abuse and we’re steadfast in our perception that one incident of kid abuse is one too many,” Surbaugh writes. “We sincerely apologize to anybody who was harmed throughout their time in our applications.”
“We’ve a social and ethical duty to pretty compensate victims who suffered abuse throughout their time in Scouting, and we even have an obligation to hold out our mission to serve youth, households and native communities by way of our applications,” Surbaugh continued.
Right here is an excerpt from the assertion of USAG’s lately elected board chair, Kathryn Carson, in case you want one other of the identical ilk:
We owe it to the survivors to resolve, absolutely and at last, claims based mostly on the horrific acts of the previous and, by way of this course of, search to expedite decision and assist them transfer ahead…The Chapter 11 submitting and the expedited decision of those claims are essential first steps in rebuilding the group’s belief…the submitting will permit us to proceed the necessary work of supporting our excellent gymnasts in any respect ranges, together with the present and subsequent technology of Olympic hopefuls.
In the meantime, resulting from a stoop in membership, the Boy Scouts has lately begun recruitment of women as scouts of their group, leading to a separate go well with filed by the Woman Scouts, alleging trademark infringement.—Ruth McCambridge