The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy protection as it faces a barrage of new sex-abuse lawsuits. The filing Tuesday, Feb. 18, , in Wilmington, Del., is an attempt to work out a potentially mammoth compensation plan for abuse victims that will allow the year-old organization to carry on. In , the stock market crash spelled an end to the prosperity of the s. The stock market crash marked the beginning of a period of economic hard times known as the Great Depression which lasted through the s. The long-anticipated Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing will allow the Boy Scouts to keep operating as it reorganizes its finances and handles claims from hundreds of potential victims.
Related videosHere’s What Actually Happens When You File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
It could get very messy very quickly. An email has been sent to with a link to confirm list signup. A Monday briefing of all the need-to-know business news in the Wenatchee Valley.
Stay updated on real estate listings, new construction and the business leaders who keep the economy moving forward. A weekday morning recap of all things sports, including local high schools, Washington pro teams and can't-miss national stories.
Please disable your ad blocker, whitelist our site, or purchase a subscription. Sorry , an error occurred. Get Started. Log In Create an account. Toggle navigation Menu. Local News Obituaries Sports Go! Sign Up Log In.
Dashboard Logout. Stay Informed. Local News. Housing Crisis. If you're able to go above and beyond to help us during this important time, please consider making an additional financial contribution. Click here to contribute. Join the online forum. Discuss this article with your neighbors or join the community conversation. Click here to get access. The filing Tuesday, Feb. Kretschmer of Houston, among the many men suing for alleged abuse, says he was molested by a Scout leader over several months in the mids in the Spokane, Washington, area.
Join the Conversation Send your thoughts and reactions to Letters to the Editor. Enter your email address to receive free newsletters from NCR. Email address. Accountability Boy Scouts' future uncertain after bankruptcy filing. Most Recent Court rules in favor of employer exemptions to contraceptive coverage Jul 8, Catholic schools have right to fire teachers, Supreme Court says Jul 8, Spokane bishop criticizes Catholic Charities' leader on racism comments Jul 8, We have a story to tell: Indigenous scholars, activists speak up amid toppling of Serra statues Jul 8, Faith leaders urge president, attorney general to halt federal executions Jul 8, From Zimbabwe to the Presentation Sisters Jul 8, The preferential option for the removal of statues Jul 8, French cardinal reveals future plans after 'ordeal' of abuse trial Jul 1, Two retired bishops, two priests contract virus in Texas retirement home Jun 30, Polish group seeks pope's action against sex abuse, cover-up Jun 29, Marianists release names of members they say abused children Jun 25, Archbishop Wenski named acting chair of bishops' religious freedom efforts Jun 23, Catholic Scout councils not affected by bankruptcy case, chairman says Feb 19, It will also give victims a limited amount of time to come forward before being barred indefinitely from seeking compensation.
The filing, early Tuesday, punctuates a tumultuous time for the year-old organization, which continues to be one of the largest youth groups in the United States. Youth membership has declined more than 26 percent in the past decade.
This dramatic drop in numbers, coupled with the loss of a key partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has left the Boy Scouts struggling to find ways to remain relevant. Last year, it began accepting girls into its namesake program, setting off a recruitment war with the Girl Scouts. Meanwhile, over the past decade, lawsuits and media investigations have revealed internal Boy Scout documents detailing generations of alleged abusers accused of preying on Scouts.
Amid the MeToo movement and other high-profile child abuse scandals, several states, including Washington, D. Lawyers across the country have begun representing hundreds of clients and have already filed lawsuits in states such as New York and Pennsylvania. But Pamela Foohey, an associate law professor at Indiana University who specializes in bankruptcy, said the proceedings could allow victims to have a collective voice, to negotiate with the Boy Scouts and its insurance companies to figure out how much property the organization truly has, and how much compensation should be paid out to victims.
But given the deadline for claims, which could come within months of the filing, the bankruptcy process might require victims to come forward before they feel ready to do so, Foohey said.
It cuts off the claims. Experts and lawyers drew parallels between the Boy Scouts and other embattled institutions that have used bankruptcy to handle costly lawsuits over abuse allegations. Numerous Catholic dioceses filed for bankruptcy after clergy were accused of sexually abusing children.
USA Gymnastics followed suit with a bankruptcy filing as it faced lawsuits from more than sexual-assault victims of team physician Larry Nassar. A key question will be whether the Boy Scouts of America will be able to protect the assets of the local councils, which own vast camps and properties in prime real estate across the country.
Pfau and other lawyers bringing abuse lawsuits against the Boy Scouts said they were skeptical the organization would be able to shield the local councils. Many of these different institutions could be implicated in the claims, making for an even more complicated bankruptcy case, said Phau, who specializes in representing victims in abuse cases against institutions such as the Boy Scouts and Catholic dioceses.
For example, each year, the councils pay annual dues to the national organization and must renew their charters with the national organization. But in the same way that Catholic dioceses filed for bankruptcy, rather than individual parishes, the Boy Scouts of America national organization is the legal entity that is filing, Foohey said.
The local councils should not be part of the case, she said. Related slideshow: Hashtags that changed the world Provided by Photo Services. This hashtag campaign encouraged women to speak up about sexual harassment and assured them they were not alone on their road to recovery.
Over the following night, more than 30, people used the hashtag and it quickly gained local versions, like the French BalanceTonPorc. The MeToo movement, which came at a time when Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of assaulting several women, has subsequently become critical in denouncing violence against women. This hashtag was used to relate why it took women many years to give an account of their attacks and to urge everyone to believe survivors.
The campaign began in response to a tweet by U. President Donald Trump on Sept. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual misconduct by Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist, when they were high school students. The feminist campaign was an invitation to men to stand together in solidarity with women, and put a stop to sexual harassment and gender-based inequality.