TULSA, Okla. — The Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware amid hundreds of sexual abuse claims.
For the victims of the abuse, some say their road to justice is now a bit longer. The filing puts the abuse allegations on hold.
Any compensation must now be sought in the state of Delaware since the Chapter 11 was filed there.
Peter Janci is an Oregon based attorney who represents several abuse victims across the country, including Oklahoma. Janci hopes the filing will provide transparency.
"We're hopeful that this bankruptcy process will require that they release more information and more files so the American public can get a true sense of what happened," Janci said.
Janci says the Boy Scouts of America has kept their knowledge of abuse secret for over a hundred years. He references the "perversion files" as corroboration.
However, a Tulsa mother whose son is a Cub Scout says the organization teaches life skills and responsibilities. Karla Eubanks is also a former den leader and current outdoor adventure chairperson for Pack 137.
Eubanks says she's never witnessed any wrong doing by leadership in her almost 10 years with the Boy Scout organization.
"Scouts is really taking steps to prevent it to the best of their ability," Eubanks said.
No local chapters of the Boy Scouts are part of the bankruptcy. If you believe you or anyone you know is a victim of sexual abuse involving the Boy Scouts of America, visit www.abusedinscouting.com for legal advice.
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