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Abused Boy Scout limited to $20,000 award due to ‘archaic’ state law

Lawyers across the country filing sexual abuse lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America don’t face the same “archaic” cap that exists in Massachusetts that limits jury awards against nonprofits to $20,000. That law, lawyers and victims say, dissuades sexual abuse victims from coming forward. “It’s a real slap in the face,” said a 64-year-old man, who was sexually abused by a scoutmaster in Hyde Park, Dedham and Walpole in the late 1960s. He was 12 at the time of the abuse. “The cap minimizes what happened,” added the victim, whose name the Herald is withholding because he is a sexual assault victim. He received $20,000 a...


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