March 13, 2020

BSA Scouting Abuse Statistics: Looking at the Facts

An organization fighting for polices to end child abuse in America revealed that, on average, victims of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) sexual abuse were abused for at least two years by sexual predators. CHILD USA, a non-profit working to end child neglect and abuse in the United States, compiled a list BSA Scouting Abuse statistics to draw awareness to the epidemic of Boy Scouts sexual abuse. The results, which span decades, reveal the true horror and widespread impact of Scouting abuse.

Currently the Boy Scouts of America faces thousands of lawsuits across the country, brought forward by former Boy Scouts or loved ones of former Boy Scouts. Each of these men raise similar claims that they were sexually abused by Scoutmasters or Scouting volunteers while they were members of the Boy Scouts. They claim that their abuse was not only never reported to the local authorities, but their abusers were deliberately hidden for years, abuse reports tucked away in secret files now referred to as “Perversion Files.” The “Perversion Files”, a blacklist of abuse reports in the BSA, date as far back as the Scouts’ founding in 1910 and contain the names of thousands of sexual predators never revealed to the public.

Now that some of these secret files have been released to the public, Scouting abuse victims’ stories are starting to be truly heard, predators are being identified, and Scouting abuse advocates and survivors are taking steps towards hold the BSA accountable for failing to protect thousands of children for nearly a century.

Through these BSA Scouting abuse statistics, CHILD USA provides further light on the widespread trauma victims faced, hoping educating the public can help end the problem.

Scouting Abuse Statistics

Through a series of infographics, CHILD USA presents a wide array of BSA Scouting abuse statistics including the following:

  • The location where Scouts were most frequently abused was at a camp site.
  • The average age of a boy scout that was sexually abused in the BSA was twelve years old.
  • Thea age that most boy scouts were when they were first sexually abused in the BSA was at twelve years old.
  • 96% of the abuse was done by leaders in the Boy Scouts.
  • 81% of the Scouting abuse cases reported that grooming techniques and situations were involved.

See the full infographics and statistics CHILD USA provided below:

Photo Credit: CHILD USA
Photo Credit: CHILD USA
Photo Credit: CHILD USA
Photo Credit: CHILD USA

Were You Abused by a Boy Scouts Leader?

If you were sexually abused by a leader in the Boy Scouts of America, you are not alone. Thousands of men from all corners of the country are coming together to fight for their right to healing and to hold the BSA accountable.

The Boy Scouts failed to protect innocent children from sexual predators and did little to nothing to make sure predators were reported to the police. We're here to support victims through their journey to healing and to fight for their right to justice for their abuse.

Through filing a claim against the Boy Scouts of America for negligence, we want the BSA to compensate abuse victims as they deserve and implement policies that will protect future children in the Scouts. If you were sexually abused while in the Boy Scouts, we're here for you.

The BSA recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, so your time to file a claim may be limited. Once the bankruptcy court sets a time frame for claims to be filed, this narrow window may be your last opportunity to pursue justice for your Scouting abuse.

Our legal team is available 24/7 to answer your questions and concerns, and we offer free case consultations to see if you are eligible to file a claim. Connect with us today by filling out our contact form, or give us a call at 1.888.99.SCOUT.


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