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More than 82,000 people file sex abuse claims against Boy Scouts of America as filing date passes

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Posted at 9:18 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 00:45:24-05

More than 82,000 people so far have filed sex abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America ahead of Monday's filing deadline.

Victim lawyers say the claims far outnumber the accusations against the American Catholic Church.

The organization filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February and said it plans to use the process to establish a compensation fund for abuse victims.

Victims had until 5 p.m. Eastern on Monday to file a claim in a federal bankruptcy court in Delaware, detailing the abuse, how it impacted them, and details about the alleged abuser.

The claims will then be vetted.

The Boy Scouts released a statement Sunday, saying:

"We are devastated by the number of lives impacted by past abuse in scouting and moved by the bravery of those who came forward. We are heartbroken that we cannot undo their pain. We are deeply sorry."