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Alabama Scout's Honor Bill Law

In a rare moment of bipartisan agreement, the Alabama legislature recently passed the Scout's Honor bill, bringing hope and support to thousands of individuals who were sexually abused as Boy Scouts. Sponsored by Sen. Merika Coleman and championed by survivors like Gill Gayle, the bill unanimously passed both the Senate and the House, reflecting a shared commitment to justice and accountability.

The passage of SB 18, also known as the Scout's Honor bill, is a significant milestone in the ongoing battle for survivors of sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts of America.

Background: The Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Scandal

For decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal, with thousands of men coming forward to share their stories of abuse at the hands of troop leaders and scoutmasters. These survivors, who were subjected to horrific acts of sexual violence during their time in the Boy Scouts, have faced a long and difficult journey in seeking justice for the harm they endured.

Last year, in response to mounting legal pressure, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy. This move paved the way for the creation of the Scouting Settlement Trust, a $2.6 billion fund designed to compensate survivors of sexual abuse. The fund, which is the largest sexual abuse settlement fund in U.S. history, aims to provide survivors with financial support and acknowledgment of the trauma they experienced.

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The Importance of SB 18: Scout's Honor Bill

SB 18, the Scout's Honor bill, plays a crucial role in ensuring that survivors of sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts can access the compensation they deserve. By temporarily lifting the state's statute of limitations, the bill enables survivors to file claims against the Scouting Settlement Trust and seek damages for the harm they suffered.

The passage of SB 18 is a testament to the tireless advocacy of survivors and their allies, who have worked tirelessly to ensure that their voices are heard and their rights are protected. With the bill now signed Gov. Kay Ivey's signature, survivors are one step closer to receiving the support they need to heal and rebuild their lives.

Who Can Benefit from SB 18?

One of the key provisions of SB 18 is its inclusivity, ensuring that survivors of sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts, regardless of their current location, can seek damages from the Scouting Settlement Trust. This means that if you were abused in Alabama but now reside in another state, you are still eligible to file a claim and receive compensation.

For the estimated 1,500-2,000 survivors of sexual abuse by Boy Scout leaders in Alabama, SB 18 offers a lifeline—a chance to seek justice and hold those responsible for their abuse accountable.

Take Action

If you or someone you know was abused in Alabama while participating in Boy Scouts activities, even if you now reside in another state, it's important to understand that you have rights. You have the right to seek damages and receive support for the harm you endured.

Our experienced team is here to help you navigate the legal process and pursue the compensation you deserve. Whether you're considering filing a claim or simply want to learn more about your options, we're here to provide guidance and support every step of the way.

Contact us at (206) 335-3880 or (646)-421-4062 for a confidential consultation and take the first step towards closure.

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