Decades-old claims of sex abuse fuel new lawsuits against Boy Scouts

New York Daily News

July 31, 2020

By Molly Crane-Newman

A slew of lawsuits filed Friday accuse the Boy Scouts of America with tolerating sexual abuse for decades — and say the systemic mistreatment of boys went on since the organization’s founding in 1910.

The 21 new lawsuits in Manhattan Supreme Court charge 14 adult scout leaders with sexually abusing children in numerous instances dating to 1954.

The abuse has gone on through the entire 110 year history of U.S. scouting, the lawsuits say.

”Throughout that time, many of these children have been subjected to horrific acts of sexual abuse by adults who gained access to them through scouting organizations,” says one of the lawsuits. “This widespread abuse of children in scouting programs has been a systemic crisis that goes back since these organizations first existed.”

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