The Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy in what it said was an effort to safeguard compensation payouts for sexual abuse victims. The organisation has been accused of covering up generations of abuse inflicted on thousands of its young members and failing to do enough to root out paedophiles. Bankruptcy proceedings will help the Boy Scouts to "equitably compensate" victims and allow the organisation to continue at a local level. More than 12,000 members of the Boy Scouts had been sexually abused since in the organization since 1944. Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has around 2.2 million members between the ages of five and 21.