How the Boy Scouts Bankruptcy Helps You

Facing sex abuse lawsuits and a drop in membership, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they plan to file for bankruptcy protection in federal court.

This could happen at any time in the next few months. A BSA bankruptcy is not necessarily bad news for victims of abuse. In fact, it could be good news. But bankruptcy will Involve deadlines to make a claim — deadlines that could be as short as 4 to 6 months.

Bankruptcy requires a different strategy for abuse survivors bringing claims. But as we know from representing survivors in Catholic bankruptcies, bankruptcy can bring resolution and justice for victims of past abuse.

If you or someone you know was sexually abused or exploited in the Boy Scouts and you want more information, please call us at (503) 616-5007 or (503) 616-5007, or email us at

The Boy Scouts have kept “Ineligible Volunteer Files” on accused child molesters since at least 1920 —  files the BSA kept secret from local troops and Scout families. Over 1,200 of these files were made public by the court in one of our lawsuits and are available in an online database. Thousands of more files exist but are kept at BSA headquarters, still secret from local troops and families.