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Sexual Harassment: Boy Scouts of America agree to pay $850 million in compensation to thousands of victims

Sexual Harassment: Boy Scouts of America agree to pay $850 million in compensation to thousands of victims

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Victims’ lawyers say the settlement is the largest of its kind in American history.

The Boy Scouts of America has reached an $850 million settlement with about 60,000 people in sexual abuse lawsuits.

Lawyers say it would be the largest sexual abuse settlement in American history, far outstripping similar lawsuits against the country’s Catholic Church.

The Boy Scouts of America had apologized to the victims and filed for bankruptcy last year, saying it would allocate a compensation fund for victims of sexual abuse.

In 2012, the Los Angeles Times revealed about 5,000 files, including accusations against scouting teachers and team leaders who were deemed “unqualified volunteers”.