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Abuse victims could get more from Boy Scout settlement under bill headed to Indiana Senate floor

The southeastern exterior of the Indiana Statehouse. Several trees stand in front of the building.
Brandon Smith
IPB News
Indiana's current statute of limitations for civil claims related to child sexual abuse would limit victims in the Boy Scouts of America settlement to less money than victims in other states.

Several hundred abuse victims who are part of a large settlement with the Boy Scouts of America could get access to more money under a bill approved by a Senate committee Tuesday.

Under the settlement that stems from abuse claims that go back decades, victims can choose to get a small payment immediately; can go forward with individual claims; or get their payment amount determined by a system that takes into account several factors, one of which is whether the state statute of limitations has run out on their claims.

Mike Foust said Indiana’s strict statute of limitations means he and the other victims in the settlement could get 10 percent to 25 percent less than victims in other states.

“To these men and yes, to me personally, it will be like getting abused all over again,” Foust said. “It will hurt that much.”

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HB 1047 lifts the statute of limitations only for those victims in the settlement until 2025. A Senate committee unanimously advanced the measure to the full Senate.

HB 1047 also has provisions related to an expansion of Indiana's revenge pornography law, to cover AI-generated images and videos.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.