The Boy Scouts of America is pushing to exit bankruptcy after seeking chapter 11 protection last year from sex-abuse claims. The bankruptcy case, which spotlighted past failures by the organization to protect children, may be nearing its end as a settlement offer gains momentum. The youth group has said it needs to make peace with sex-abuse victims for its mission to survive.
Here’s what you should know about the chapter 11 case, the largest ever filed over sexual abuse, and what could happen next.
Sex-abuse claims dogged the Boy Scouts for years, especially after a court-ordered release in 2012 of internal files on reports of abuse by volunteers. The youth group turned to bankruptcy when states including New York, New Jersey and California suspended statutes of limitations on abuse claims, opening the door to lawsuits alleging childhood trauma regardless of when it happened.