“If you were raped in California, as opposed to Texas, you have a potential avenue for some measure of justice – but it shouldn’t depend on the vagaries of geography,” Goelman said. “The Boy Scouts are a national organization. It cannot be, just based on luck of the draw, that some of these men are completely shut out of the courts and some are not.”
The lawsuit’s plaintiffs live in eight different states — Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.
The plaintiff from Hawaii, although identified in the lawsuit as a John Doe, chose to speak on the record with Cheap Newport Cigarettes Online Sale The Associated Press. He is Dave Henson, a 39-year-old Navy officer who says he was abused by an assistant scout leader in Lake Dallas, Texas, starting in 1991 when he was 11 and continuing for five years.
Henson said that after years of enduring anxiety, shame and depression, he felt relieved to be part of litigation that could benefit abuse victims across the U.S.
“The abuse occurs once you’re isolated from the rest of the group, and you stay in that isolation for years,” he said.
Without specifying any dollar figures, the lawsuit seeks compensatory damages for physical and emotional Cheap Newport 100s cigarettes injuries, as well as punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.