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What should I do if my son was abused by an older child in the Boy Scouts?

 

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Unfortunately, younger children in Southwest Florida Boy Scout troops and in troops nationwide have been abused by older children. Sometimes the abuse is physical, and other times the abuse is sexual. In either event, physical and sexual child abuse in Florida is unacceptable and should never occur in the first place, especially in an organization like the Boy Scouts.

When you discover that your child has been abused by an older scout, it can be shocking and overwhelming, to say the least. Unfortunately, it is not enough to tell the Boy Scouts of America about the incident and trust the organization will take care of things. With the information that we know, the Boy Scouts of America has kept records over the years about boy-on-boy sexual assaults but has failed to do anything about it.

While we understand that it may be difficult for you to know what to do because the abuser is a child himself, you want to make sure you are doing the right thing for your child. If the abuser was an adult, you would most likely report the abuse to the police, seek justice, and make sure your son is given the proper medical and psychological treatment.

Because child-on-child abuse in Florida does occur, our Sarasota child abuse law firm urges you to call us and pursue justice so that another child does not suffer in the same way. If you are worried about the abuse becoming public, there are protections for your child in a Florida child abuse lawsuit. An experienced attorney will know how to pursue justice for your child while protecting your child’s identity.

Not only will you help a troubled child recognize wrong from right and make sure he gets help, but you are teaching an organization a lesson about protecting children. When organizations like the Boy Scouts of America become lax in supervising children, they need a wake-up call so they will start enforcing better policies and protections.

By holding the child abuser and organization responsible for the harm that your child suffered, you and your family will see that justice is carried out. To learn more, call the Mallard Law Firm. To speak with an experienced Sarasota child abuse lawyer in a free initial consultation, contact us today at 888-409-3805.


Damian Mallard, Esq.
Board Certified Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney