Nearly 90,000 individuals have declared to have been sexually assaulted by the Boy Scouts in the United States since February.
The figure comes from the compensation fund created in connection with the abuse scandal.
“88,000 complaints have been filed,” said Michael Pfau, a lawyer acting on behalf of multiple victims. That figure exceeds the number of complaints of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.
“To our knowledge, there are 11,000 complaints about the Catholic Church worldwide,” said Andrew van Arsdale, also a lawyer who assists abuse victims.
“We are appalled by the number of people who have suffered the abuse that has taken place at the Scouts and touched by the courage of those who have broken silence,” Boy Scouts of America (BSA) said in a statement, excluding the total number to confirm complaints.
“We had voluntarily opened an easily accessible process to help victims claim compensation. Their responses are heartbreaking, and we are sincerely sorry,” the organization added. Founded in 1910, Boy Scouts of America has approximately 2.2 million members between the ages of 5 and 21.