A coalition of tens of thousands of Boy Scouts reached the largest sex abuse settlement in US history, a $1.9 billion fund for victims that lawyers say will only continue to grow.
The Coalition of Abused Scouts for Justice, which represents 65,000 victims nationwide, reached a $787 million deal with former Boy Scouts of America insurer Hartford Financial Services Group and a $250 million deal with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, pushing a compensation package reached earlier this summer to a record high.
A total of 82,450 survivors are entitled to the new pool of cash, which a survivor said was an “absolutely incredible” legal victory for the victims who were forced to relive their abuse, while navigating statutes of limitation laws all over the country.
“Everyone had to come back here and talk about things they’ve never talked about in their lives. It’s incredibly painful to do,” said Gill Gayle, who detailed abuse