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“It was easy,” says Rick Turley, suspected of Boy Scouts sex abuse (15 boys, most of whom were American or Canadian Boy Scouts, over a period of several decades).
Turley is one of 5,000 suspected child molesters named in the Boy Scouts of America’s so-called “perversion files,” a blacklist of former scout leaders suspected or convicted of child molestation. The files reveal that the BSA has often taken steps to cover up its scoutmasters’ sex abuses, preferring to handle the problem on its own rather than contact law enforcement. Furthermore, the Boy Scouts of America is also fond of playing “legal hardball” with victims and their families who attempt to pursue justice.
Estey Bomberger represents victims of Boy Scouts sex abuse, no matter who the perpetrators are. It’s our job to secure a fair amount of compensation for the emotional and physical harm your child and your family has suffered. We have the resources and knowledge necessary to take a child molestation case to trial and win.
Be vigilant for signs of Boy Scouts sex abuse in your child, especially if he or she spends a large amount of time alone with other adults. When a child has been sexually molested, these are just a fw of the signs that your child may exhibit:
If your child has admitted to being abused by a Boy Scout troop leader or scoutmaster, there are several things you should immediately do:
Remain calm. Getting angry and confronting the abuser is not constructive. You may also frighten your child with your anger and make the child shift blame onto himself. Don’t blame yourself for what happened, either—molesters are manipulative, conniving, and cunning, and are practiced at grooming their victims.
Believe the child. It is rare for children to lie about being sexually abused. Reassure your child that you believe him and what happened wasn’t his fault.
Hear the child’s story. Even though important details may be missing, get as much of the story as you can. Keep in mind that your child probably feels a powerful sense of guilt and shame. Keep your cool and be patient. Don’t interrogate your child, however—reliving the experience will be traumatic and distressing for him. Leave the cross-examination to police.
Contact police. If you believe your child has been abused, report your suspicions to the authorities immediately. If you’re unsure who else to call or how to proceed, you may contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Cyber Tipline at 1.800.843.5678. You may also use the child advocacy center locator on the Estey Bomberger website.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused in the care of the Boy Scouts of America organization, contact our Boy Scouts sex abuse lawyers at 1.800.925.0723 for a free consultation.
Our competent Boy Scouts sex abuse lawyers pursue justice for our child and your family. We understand no amount of compensation can take away the pain and hurt you have endured, but we fight so you can receive a fair settlement and secure your child’s healthy future. It shouldn’t be your job to bear the financial burden of therapy, medical care, and other services needed to address the lifelong psychological issues which accompany childhood sexual abuse.
If you suspect your child has become the victim of Boy Scouts sex abuse, it is vital to seek expert legal counsel and protect your family’s rights. The Boy Scouts sex abuse attorneys at Estey Bomberger can advise you on your legal options and represent you and your family in a court of law. Go to childmolestationvictims.com or call 1.800.925.0723 to learn more.
Call us today for a free and confidential consultation and find out how we can help. We are committed to helping you in any way possible. If you have been the victim of institutional child molestation/sex abuse, we are ready to stand by your side and fight for you.
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