The number of former Boy Scouts who say leaders sexually assaulted them has risen to at least 90,000 after the Monday deadline for filing a claim against the Boy Scouts of America passed.
The claims are part of the organization’s bankruptcy proceedings.
“We are devastated by the number of lives impacted by past abuse in scouting and moved by the bravery of those who have come forward,” the Boy Scouts said in a statement. “We are heartbroken that we cannot undo their pain.”
“The response we have seen from survivors has been gut-wrenching,” the statement said. “We are deeply sorry.”
According to the Associated Press (AP), the organization “intentionally developed an open, accessible process to reach survivors and help them take an essential step toward receiving compensation.”
“They spent millions trying to encourage people to come forward,” Andrew Van Arsdale, a lawyer with a network called Abused in Scouting, said