US Scouting for $850 million over sexual abuse

The American scouting organization Boy Scouts has agreed a financial settlement with tens of thousands of Americans who say they have been victims of sexual abuse in their youth. The amount of damage amounts to $850 million, which is more than 715 million euros.

According to the scouting organization, the proposal has the approval of some 60,000 abuse victims. Victim assisting groups state in a joint statement that the judge should ultimately approve the settlement, but there is a consensus on this proposal among a large number of plaintiffs.

Founded in 1910, Boy Scouts applied for bankruptcy protection last year in February, after the organization was flooded by claims of abuse victims. This happened after several states removed legal bumps that kept people from filing charges for abuse cases that took place decades ago.