Deadline arrives to file sexual abuse claims against Boy Scouts

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If you or some you know was a victim of sexual abuse while scouting, today is the last day to file a claim against the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America.

Nearly 52,000 people have filed sexual abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America as part of the Irving based organization’s bankruptcy proceedings.

The alleged victims span generations. Gil Gale is a former Boy Scout who says he was first sexually assaulted by a scout leader when he was just 11-years-old. When he was around 13, he says he was violently assaulted by another scout leader. Gale is just one of thousands who have come forward with similar accusations.

Attorney Michael Pfau represents over a thousand former Boy Scouts. He says the problem was not a 'few bad apples,' rather a systematic failure on the part of the organization.

The organization says it intends to set up a victim’s compensation fund and said in a statement. “we are heartbroken that we cannot undo their pain.”

After today’s filing deadline, outside advisors will go through the thousands of caims, and that process alone could take years according to legal experts.