Boys & Girls Clubs of America Sexual Abuse Lawyers Representing Victims Nationwide
If you or your child has been sexually abused while participating in Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) activities, discuss your case at once with a Boys & Girls Clubs of America sexual abuse lawyer at Greg Jones Law. You have several legal options for pursuing justice.
BGCA is an after-school program that offers organized group activities for troubled youths, but like too many organizations that are supposed to benefit young people, BGCA has been hit with lawsuits by former participants who say they suffered sexual abuse from adult BGCA volunteers.
If you or anyone you love has been sexually abused by an employee, a volunteer, or a member of BGCA or any other organization for young people, you may be able to hold the abuser and the organization accountable with a sexual abuse lawsuit and recover monetary compensation.
What Is the Extent of Sexual Abuse Linked to BGCA?
When reporter Hannah Dellinger at Hearst Connecticut Media wrote about a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse at a BGCA in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 2019, she asked a simple question: Were there similar problems at other Boys & Girls Clubs of America?
That question launched an investigation by Hearst’s Connecticut newspapers that required seven reporters and more than 3,000 hours of research. The journalists uncovered more than 280 people in 31 states who claim to be victims of alleged sexual abuse linked to BGCA.
What Is the Paul Kilgore Story?
Paul Kilgore was the athletic director of the Sonoma Valley (California) Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In 2018, he was sentenced to prison for molesting three boys over a period of six years during Boys & Girls Clubs of America activities as well as at his home.
According to one lawsuit, a fifth-grade boy attempted to report two sexual abuse incidents involving Kilgore, but Sonoma Valley Boys & Girls Clubs of America employees ignored the boy and did not report his claims to the police.
When those same BGCA employees learned that Kilgore had slept naked with children during an overnight trip in 2012, they again failed to notify the police. The Sonoma Valley BGCA instead barred staff from contacting the participating minors outside of or apart from BGCA activities.
Kilgore’s response was to resign. A year later, he surfaced at a BGCA after-school program in Petaluma. Due to the statute of limitations, Kilgore could not be prosecuted for claims made by other alleged victims – claims going back to the 1970s. Kilgore had previously worked in San Bruno as a coach with the San Bruno Recreation Center and at St. Robert’s Catholic School.
What Challenges Do Abuse Survivors Face?
Too often, the sexual abuse of minors is unreported or concealed. Parents with children in Boys & Girls Clubs of America have reasons to be concerned. Childhood sexual abuse survivors face difficult challenges. Childhood sexual abuse almost always results in emotional damage.
Sexual abuse survivors may file a lawsuit in civil court, seek to have criminal charges filed, or both. However, in many sexual abuse cases – and especially if some time has passed – it may be difficult or impossible to have charges filed or to win a criminal conviction.
Is A Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Your Best Option for Winning Justice?
A sexual abuse lawsuit in a civil court may be easier to win than a criminal case, where a prosecutor must offer proof “beyond a reasonable doubt.” That’s not required if you bring a lawsuit, but you and your lawyer still must offer proof that you were sexually abused.
If your sexual abuse lawsuit prevails, you could be compensated for medical expenses, treatment and counseling costs, personal pain and suffering, and related damages and losses.
What’s more, unlike a criminal charge against an individual sexual abuser, a civil lawsuit can hold an organization like Boys & Girls Clubs of America liable if that organization’s negligence allowed or furthered sexual abuse.
What Should You Know About Greg Jones Law?
Do you suspect that your child may be a sexual abuse victim? Has your child told you that he or she is being abused? To speak to a sexual abuse lawyer at Greg Jones Law, you don’t need proof of sexual abuse. If you have sound reasons to suspect your child has been abused, call us now.
We know how to win justice for abuse victims. Greg Jones Law is a national personal injury law firm that represents and defends sexual abuse survivors in all fifty states. We have extensive experience representing sexual abuse survivors and prevailing for them in court.
If you or someone you love has been sexually abused by an employee, a volunteer, or a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, or if you have sound reasons to suspect sexual abuse, contact Greg Jones Law as quickly as possible from anywhere in the U.S. by calling 855-566-3752.