26 Boy Scout Councils Facing Sex Abuse Lawsuits Received as Much as $21 Million in Coronavirus Loans


July 29, 2020

by Carter Sherman

One lawsuit alleges that a Boy Scout volunteer leader abused a boy described as “developmentally challenged” on at least two occasions in 2018.

As the Boy Scouts of America face a nationwide reckoning over accusations that it failed to keep children safe from sexual abuse, at least 26 local Boy Scout councils named in current sex abuse lawsuits have received loans from the Trump administration’s taxpayer-supported coronavirus relief fund.

In total, these councils garnered at least $8.2 million and up to about $20.9 million through the program.

These 26 councils represent a significant number of the 101 Boy Scout councils that secured loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, the $660 billion federal initiative meant to help small businesses survive the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to government records reviewed by VICE News.

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