Key Points of Boy Scout Sex Abuse Bankruptcy Settlement Plan Approved by Judge

Parties expect a finalized version of the Boy Scout sex abuse bankruptcy settlement plan to be approved in the coming weeks.

A federal judge has approved major parts of a nearly $2.3 billion settlement fund for child sex abuse claims against Boy Scouts of America, which would resolve tens of thousands of lawsuits and help bring the organization out of bankruptcy. However, some key portions of the agreement still need to be hammered out.

Tens of thousands of individuals have stepped forward in recent years to pursue Boy Scouts sex abuse lawsuits, each raising similar allegations that the organization engaged in decades of covering up credible reports involving problems with volunteers and employees, maintaining a set of records known as the “perversion files” dating back to 1944.

Facing clear signs of massive liability, Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy in 2020, to manage and resolve the mounting litigation, which has become the largest sex abuse case involving a single national organization in U.S. history.

On July 29, Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein, overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, issued an opinion (PDF) signing off on several key parts of the settlement agreement, which was proposed several months ago and has been the subject of intense negotiations between abuse survivors, the Boy Scouts, insurers and some of the organization’s major backers, like The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

Silverstein agreed that the Boy Scouts of America would contribute $78 million, its local councils would contribute another $515 million, the United Methodist Church would contribute $30 million, and major insurers will pay $1.65 billion. However, Silverstein rejected a proposed $250 million settlement agreement with LDS, indicating that the money could not be added to the settlement fund because it required a release of all claims against the church; not just those involving the Boy Scouts.

“This is a case about trust – or more accurately – lack of trust,” Judge Silverstein wrote. “Boys and their families put their faith in a lionized institution, which failed many of them. These boys – now men – seek and deserve compensation for the sexual abuse they suffered years ago.”

A finalized version of the plan still needs to be drawn up and approved by Silverstein, who called for the Boy Scouts of America to set up a status hearing and draft a confirmation order within the next few weeks.

The organization said it intends to make any required changes and get approval of a final settlement agreement as soon as possible.

16 Comments

  • Ronald HotzSeptember 28, 2022 at 2:42 am

    I was abused in 1968 several times with another young boy by several up to ten abusers that lasted several hrs at many camp out over 3 to 4 years I'm now 67 yes old and have medical issues I would like some closer for my mental health even though The abusers are all dead now I feel deep in my heart that the BSA should be held accountable for this to happen I would appreciate a speedy response on m[Show More]I was abused in 1968 several times with another young boy by several up to ten abusers that lasted several hrs at many camp out over 3 to 4 years I'm now 67 yes old and have medical issues I would like some closer for my mental health even though The abusers are all dead now I feel deep in my heart that the BSA should be held accountable for this to happen I would appreciate a speedy response on my settlement and closer so I can enjoy what little of my retirement without the bad thoughts thank you

  • RobertSeptember 12, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    I was abused in 1964 at age 11 y.o. by troop leader's 21 y.o. son ( officially a volunteer ) and 2 Boy Scout brothers that witnessed the 21 y.o. abusing me. Then the brothers abused me 2 months later. How does that add up to 1 claim ?

  • LeeSeptember 9, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    It all started at about 6 years of age and continued until maybe 9 years old. I had to endure sexual abuse at the hands of my scout leader, Charles Edward Cumby. It began with suggestions to "explore my sexuality", and went from him touching me sexually to him digitally and penally penetrating me. What started as camping overnighters, became anywhere I could be secreted for small periods. I final[Show More]It all started at about 6 years of age and continued until maybe 9 years old. I had to endure sexual abuse at the hands of my scout leader, Charles Edward Cumby. It began with suggestions to "explore my sexuality", and went from him touching me sexually to him digitally and penally penetrating me. What started as camping overnighters, became anywhere I could be secreted for small periods. I finally convinced my mother of what was taking place, reported the abuse, was assured of a response that never came, and was consequently removed from the Boyscout program. My life has been a whirlwind of bad decisions and resultant consequences that I relate to the experiences I had with the BSA

  • RogerSeptember 5, 2022 at 7:33 am

    I am a survivor and let’s start for the last 54 years I have lived with the fact that the 3 Boy Scout leaders abused me for 1.5 years no one back then believed me not parents, local council, or cops because how could the leaders of the community do this. I went thru drugs and all that to kill myself over all this, I have been married 5 times can’t seem to keep anyone long. I am 66 and when I came [Show More]I am a survivor and let’s start for the last 54 years I have lived with the fact that the 3 Boy Scout leaders abused me for 1.5 years no one back then believed me not parents, local council, or cops because how could the leaders of the community do this. I went thru drugs and all that to kill myself over all this, I have been married 5 times can’t seem to keep anyone long. I am 66 and when I came forward all the hurt came out and all I wanted was to burn the Boy Scouts down now after 3 years of again talking about this I am in a better place, the Boy Scouts will continue to exist but I know organization’s are trying to add people to the Boy Scouts to hopefully stop the abuse from happening I pray that it does that no child or young man goes thru what we have. I look at all you as brothers lol hank you all

  • TimothySeptember 4, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    Hi I am a survivor and was abused bye my scout master he actually payed for me to go to philmont new Mexico just so he can molest me he actually had me come to his house so I can pay him back but working around his house I was molested at least 50 times I have tried to commit 2 times the first time I tried I was 15 I have been thru hell and back that wasn't the first person to molest me I dont kn[Show More]Hi I am a survivor and was abused bye my scout master he actually payed for me to go to philmont new Mexico just so he can molest me he actually had me come to his house so I can pay him back but working around his house I was molested at least 50 times I have tried to commit 2 times the first time I tried I was 15 I have been thru hell and back that wasn't the first person to molest me I dont know what it is child molesters were attracted to me wich is fricking sick I have been doing drugs and still have nightmares and I am 48 yrs old please get this settlement done and let us have closure I have a hard time talking about this please judge we have been waiting 3 yrsfor this Silverstein approve this and let's be done so we can move on with are lives.....

  • ScottieAugust 29, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    I was 12 years old living in Illinois at that time..a Scout Leader Name Edward...I couldn't remember his last name..he told us to call scout Leader Edward....but me and my brother got molested by this sick men three time...he will tell me or my brother to clean up the outside restroom..but there was only one person allowed to clean the restroom...he will come in the restroom while I was in there c[Show More]I was 12 years old living in Illinois at that time..a Scout Leader Name Edward...I couldn't remember his last name..he told us to call scout Leader Edward....but me and my brother got molested by this sick men three time...he will tell me or my brother to clean up the outside restroom..but there was only one person allowed to clean the restroom...he will come in the restroom while I was in there cleaning...and told what he was doing wasn't a big deal...he made me suck his penis and he penitrate me from behind several of time and I cried for day and stop going to camps...I told my mom...I don't wont to go back there no more..she ask me whats wrong...I just couldn't tell her..because I was scared that every body in my school will call me a fag...I am 50 years old now...and that still hunts me now..have still have bad dreams of killing if he still alive..that being 40 years ago...but my life haven't being the same when I was 12 years old...I feel worthless and I feel like my story wouldn't matter to whoever it concerns to...to the judge who taking a long time to make a decision about monster who took away my life....do you have a son...and if you do have a son..was your son a BSA member!...what would you do if your son was molested time after time!...I would really like for you to take that in consideration....I'm not here for no money...I just want my story to be heard for something that really happened to me!!!....R.I.P my brother Shane...the same monster did him the same..but he not here to tell his story...he passed away 5 years ago with stressed and emotionals...thats made him to do drugs because of 40 years ago what Scout Leader Edward took away from us!...is our man hood and self-esteem

  • DamianAugust 29, 2022 at 10:12 am

    I was repeatedly raped over the course of 1.5 years by an older Scout leader; a leader who's father was the Scout Master--This individual has since taken his own life. I tried over and over again to talk to a leader and was told to take it up the chain of command, staring with the abuser himself. This was a cover-up from day one and it is deplorable what they are doing now. This should be compensa[Show More]I was repeatedly raped over the course of 1.5 years by an older Scout leader; a leader who's father was the Scout Master--This individual has since taken his own life. I tried over and over again to talk to a leader and was told to take it up the chain of command, staring with the abuser himself. This was a cover-up from day one and it is deplorable what they are doing now. This should be compensation in the millions for each child who placed their trust in an openly pedophile organization. I am in a open state which gives me access to about 60-100k (minus lawyer fees---that covers NONE of the cost of treatment, counseling and the BSA taking away the ability to enjoy my first sexual encounter because a so-called leader decided it for me. I hope they all ROT!

  • DouglasAugust 28, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    I was a victim of abuse in boy scouts when I was still only a tender foot and it occurred on a trip into Gettysburg from New Jersey it was a two or three night camping trip and this guy that was sleeping next to me and his sleeping bag going on to my sleeping bag and started to perform oral sex on me and I told him no and then he told me do it to him or he would tell everybody that I did, so being[Show More]I was a victim of abuse in boy scouts when I was still only a tender foot and it occurred on a trip into Gettysburg from New Jersey it was a two or three night camping trip and this guy that was sleeping next to me and his sleeping bag going on to my sleeping bag and started to perform oral sex on me and I told him no and then he told me do it to him or he would tell everybody that I did, so being a very scared skinny very young teenager at the age of maybe 13 of course I did what he said. I have to look at him every time that we went to meetings after that and I was never the same. I had a pretty reckless childhood alcohol was involved in my life at the age of 15 and whatever a woman ever tried to perform oral sex on me it just wouldn't happen and I went flaccid. I can never tell them what was wrong or what happened to me until recently when I started to open up to people. People that do these things to us don't realize that I could damage that they cost you for the rest of your life.

  • MichelleAugust 28, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Hi this is my experience the man who molested me was John Collins junior he blessed 62 counts of child molestation I was I was sexually abused over 50 times He penetrated me he used plungers He made me watch pono movies for many days thousands of them Enter to hurt family and friends You can look up him he is from Taunton Massachusetts and he died If someone was a real human being and seen this m[Show More]Hi this is my experience the man who molested me was John Collins junior he blessed 62 counts of child molestation I was I was sexually abused over 50 times He penetrated me he used plungers He made me watch pono movies for many days thousands of them Enter to hurt family and friends You can look up him he is from Taunton Massachusetts and he died If someone was a real human being and seen this man they would have said hell no he cannot be a boy scout leader I lost my family my children I was institutions over a 1/2 a dozen times try to commit suicide many times but God stepped in and saved my life I had no love for any man I didn't even love myself I know the outcome it will not be fair enough for us who have been abused by these people I always said what if this man was never in my life what would I be would I be a doctor a lawyer or even someone dead that had an awesome job no because I couldn't not work with people I had to work alone All my prayers go out to the ones who have been abused You got to reach down deep in your heart to let your payou are paying go and let the Lord take care of it and forgive him you cannot forget but you can forget

  • ChristopherAugust 22, 2022 at 2:29 am

    Being a “double-minority” in both cultures seeking mental health care is highly frowned upon. This in its self hindered me from seeking help regarding the abuse I suffered. Facing it in therapy at 55 was absolutely traumatizing and I’m still working it out.

  • MichaelAugust 20, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    My abuse took place when I was close to eleven. Thank god it only happened two times. I was never penetrated, but not for lack of trying. He was just too drunk to insert it, and eventually ejaculated on my backside. The only good ting was he left camp early on Sunday morning and never attended any Scout meetings afterward. This was in 1960, or 1961. I've been carrying this guilt for a long t[Show More]My abuse took place when I was close to eleven. Thank god it only happened two times. I was never penetrated, but not for lack of trying. He was just too drunk to insert it, and eventually ejaculated on my backside. The only good ting was he left camp early on Sunday morning and never attended any Scout meetings afterward. This was in 1960, or 1961. I've been carrying this guilt for a long time. In those days no one wanted to be thought of as "Queer." The only people that I have opened up to are my Mental Health providers at the VA, after my failed attempt to end my life several years ago. Here is what really irks me: I thought I had finally put the Guilt, and the Night Terrors behind me until two and a half years ago when this all became public. Now it has all returned. Night Sweats too. If you look at the Judges Docket the Lawyers are getting paid huge amounts every month. One Lawyer admitted to charging $2600.00 per hour. I believe they have already been paid a Billion Dollars, plus whatever monies We end up with will be subject to their 40% fee. It's no wonder it is taking so long to finally put an end to this. Some of the things the Lawyer tells You will be Good for You...All of the things The Lawyer tells You will be Good for the Lawyer.

  • ThomasAugust 18, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    I am a survivor of abuse by my Boy Scout Scoutmaster. All survivors suffered immeasurable emotional damage. The Boy Scouts filled for bankruptcy to avoid countless lawsuits where their hidden secrets would have been revealed. They hide behind the bankruptcy law to shield themselves not out of any compassion towards survivors but to save their organization. BSA destroyed countless perversion files [Show More]I am a survivor of abuse by my Boy Scout Scoutmaster. All survivors suffered immeasurable emotional damage. The Boy Scouts filled for bankruptcy to avoid countless lawsuits where their hidden secrets would have been revealed. They hide behind the bankruptcy law to shield themselves not out of any compassion towards survivors but to save their organization. BSA destroyed countless perversion files of pedofiles who preyed on young children. I for one am disgusted at the way the BSA provided a paltry sum to the settlement trust and expects survivors to be satisfied with this. Another thing is that the two major insurance companies ( Hartford and Chubb) were given a free pass by providing a fraction of their insurance liability to the settlement trust. Many survivors will only receive a small amount of compensation for this sexual abuse. I had hoped that the court’s mediator would have spoken for survivors. The court seems to have forgotten that this bankruptcy case is about individuals who suffered sexual abuse who are entitled to fair compensation and not about the continuation of the Boy Scouts. I do hope that this case is affirmed soon by the District Judge and claims are handled judiciously.

  • MichaelAugust 18, 2022 at 7:22 am

    I am a survivor that has bearly survived. From contemplating suicide, to actually pulling the trigger an blowing a hole in my chest, from alcohol to to D.U.I's, from failed relationships to a torn marriage that bearly hangs on because of a ol so strong woman who cares deeply. It all started when I was 8 an went on till I was 11. We was living in a shelter for abused woman from my dad being physic[Show More]I am a survivor that has bearly survived. From contemplating suicide, to actually pulling the trigger an blowing a hole in my chest, from alcohol to to D.U.I's, from failed relationships to a torn marriage that bearly hangs on because of a ol so strong woman who cares deeply. It all started when I was 8 an went on till I was 11. We was living in a shelter for abused woman from my dad being physically abusive towards her so we was homeless, my mother had no money, an always wanted the best so I see the boys scouts meeting up a few times a week across the street from this shelter. Long , LONG STORY short I seen a man talking to mom as I played a watched everything they did. Than one day mom said hey kiddo you wanna go camping with them scouts over there an hot diggy Dogg I was off an running, this man was coming an picking me up an we was doing awesome,great things. Things like a dad does for a son an mom was so happy when he picked me up. Sometimes I saw wat looked like tears from her eyes. So it was about what I thought was 3 months later is when It all started. Started with longer rides to camp an longer rides home, awhile lot of alone time. Well this went on for about 3 years an I never spoke of it till a few years back but only bits a pieces but soon enough. The whole world will here what I got to say. They can take that money an shove it up their ass like the old bastard shove shit up my ass for year until I had a colen like a 90 year old man at the age of 21 from what Floyd county doctors say. That's just the beginning. To be continued on site!!!! This one is for courage to stand up an honor, integrity if you can let go. I pray for the family's of the scouts who are gone due to this sick shit.. The Lord has spared me for some reason an it's unknown still to me today why????

  • JohnAugust 15, 2022 at 9:27 am

    I came forward after talking to a person who was abused by a teacher..He just happened to Fb friends of mine and I read his posts howvis Whole life was ruined such as mine in 2 hours in a tent camping with the boy scouts...Ivwas only 1 1 and idea how it ruin marriages and relationships....Over my 55+ years he told about this 2 years ago....And then I had tell my story which I had hidden in the bac[Show More]I came forward after talking to a person who was abused by a teacher..He just happened to Fb friends of mine and I read his posts howvis Whole life was ruined such as mine in 2 hours in a tent camping with the boy scouts...Ivwas only 1 1 and idea how it ruin marriages and relationships....Over my 55+ years he told about this 2 years ago....And then I had tell my story which I had hidden in the back of my brain gir all those years to a lawyer w years..Since I have completated suicide and everything else as you can imagine..I'm glad the judge oked it and I could care less about yhe money just want tobsee scouting continue..But with survivor's on the board..Scouting taught Me so much but ruin it also....Its a catch 22..peace..

  • ScottAugust 14, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    I am survivor of this blatant abuse while in the Boy Scouts. The story isn't being told to the public only what the BSA wants published. The tragedy is the BSA actually thinks they can stop this abuse. Sexual predators always find a way. Someone with political power or group must step forward and represent this abuse and fight for the compensation that is truly needed. I have a great lawy[Show More]I am survivor of this blatant abuse while in the Boy Scouts. The story isn't being told to the public only what the BSA wants published. The tragedy is the BSA actually thinks they can stop this abuse. Sexual predators always find a way. Someone with political power or group must step forward and represent this abuse and fight for the compensation that is truly needed. I have a great lawyer representing me but the resent ruling by the Delaware bankruptcy court is delaying this process while older victims are dying of old age and will never have the satisfaction that is due them.

  • DanielAugust 9, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    im a survivor and this is still a hard thing to tell but im willing to share my story

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