If you or someone you know was abused in the Boy Scouts of America, it is time to take action. The effects of childhood sexual abuse can last a lifetime and it is not uncommon for someone to finally reach the point of wanting to seek justice decades after the abuse occurred. Koller Trial Law is representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse, including those abused while in scouting, and we need to talk to you now.
Predatory behavior and pedophilia among scout leaders has been known to the Boy Scouts since 1919, when they began maintaining the files of “ineligible volunteers.” The Oregon Supreme Court ordered the release of those files in 2012. They have been called the “perversion files.” Despite the release of these sex offender files, many abusers have not yet been identified by the BSA and many survivors still await justice. These files only contain the names of adult volunteers who were identified as abusers between 1965 and 1985. Since many survivors take decades to come forward, and some never do, these files do not contain the name of all abusers. Between 1944 and 2016, at least 7,800 suspected assailants sexually abused 12,254 boys in the Boy Scouts. Because the rate of reporting sexual abuse is always significantly lower than the rate at which abuse happens, it is anticipated that these numbers are actually significantly higher.
Regardless, if you experienced abuse while in Scouts, no matter when, it is important that you seek legal counsel. Laurie Koller has worked with some of the lawyers who persuaded the Oregon Court to release these files. Koller Trial Law has helped many survivors in these types of cases. It is helpful to have an attorney that you can sit down and talk to in person. With offices in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Koller Trial Law has statewide coverage and is your Oklahoma lawyer for Boy Scout sexual abuse cases. Contact us today.