Ohio survivors of Boy Scout sex abuse demand fair share of $2.7 billion settlement | #childabuse | #children | #kids | #sextrafficing | #childsaftey

This story contains descriptions of child sexual abuse and may be disturbing for some readers.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A pair of skimpy swim trunks was how Mujaddid Muhammad’s stepfather discovered his 9-year-old son had suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of a once-trusted figure: his Boy Scout troop leader.

A photo of Mujaddid Muhammad, 10. He is one of the 2,000 victims in Ohio who was sexually abused by his former Boy Scout troop leader. (Courtesy Photo/Mujaddid Muhammad)

Muhammad, now 56, of Columbus, said he kept the months-long abuse he endured at camping outings and his scout leader’s house bottled up for nearly two decades, refusing to tell a soul until he was 25 years old.

“My mom thought the world of him,” he said. “She thought he was a good big brother, a good mentor for me, you know, so she would allow him anytime to come get me, not knowing this abuse was going on.”

The childhood abuse set Muhammad up for a “self-destructive” life, he said, including a series of drug and robbery convictions that landed him behind bars for more than 30 years in state and federal prison.

But now, five years after his release from prison, Muhammad and fellow Ohio survivors of the revered Boy Scouts of America are demanding accountability – and a fair share of the $2.7 billion bankruptcy settlement – from the 112-year-old youth organization they entrusted with their lives.

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