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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Partnering to Respond to Child Abuse

December 02, 2015

This month NCVLI, together with the National Center for the Victims of Crime (NCVC) and the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), filed an amici curiae brief in support of a victim in a case before the Connecticut Supreme Court. In this civil case, Plaintiff John Doe sued Boy Scouts of America Corporation (BSA) and in December 2014, after hearing evidence that plaintiff had endured repeated sexual assaults by his youth troop leader and that BSA had knowledge of widespread child sexual abuse, the jury awarded significant damages to the victim. BSA appealed. NCVLI and our co-amici argued that public policy justified imposing a duty on BSA to protect minors from foreseeable criminal acts, that youth serving organizations that ignore evidence of the danger of abuse and fail to warn are a cause of the abuse, and that the damages awarded were well supported. Thank you to pro bono attorney Carolyn Alexander for providing hours of effort to support this filing.