On Thursday, the organization announced that it had reached an agreement with lawyers representing three sexual harassment groups dating back to the past decade

The largest organization of the American Scout Movement, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has agreed to pay the roughly 60,000-strong group $850 million. Victims of sexual harassment by caregivers. This is the largest compensation of this kind in history.

And the organization announced, Thursday, that it had reached an agreement with lawyers representing three groups of victims of sexual harassment dating back to the past decade. It is the result of class action lawsuits initiated by the publication of internal documents in 2012 involving more than 5,000 escorts accused of harassment.

Settlement must be approved

The settlement is one of the largest agreements of its kind in history, surpassing those of the Catholic Church in terms of the number and number of victims. However, this does not mean that the case is considered the largest sexual assault scandal in US history. The settlement must be approved by the court, and other cases against the organization remain unresolved.

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The insurers of the organization expressed their dissatisfaction with the settlement, since they will have to pay a large part of the compensation. They criticized the Bosnian Serb Army for not including them in the negotiations.

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BSA, America’s largest exploratory organization, hopes the deal will allow it to end bankruptcy proceedings that began in the wake of a wave of lawsuits and continue its operations. According to the Associated Press, BSA lost more than half of its members last year and now has 762,000. This was the result not only of a scandal, but the result of a pandemic and the deepening of previous trends. At its peak, the organization had over 4 million Scouts.

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