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Boy Scouts covered up abuse, but also made crucial reforms

On Thursday, the Boy Scouts hosted a closed-door symposium with nine other youth organizations to discuss ways to prevent sex abuse. They can look at their own experiences for lessons — for better and worse.

The Boy Scouts fought hard to prevent the release of the organization’s secret files on 1,247 scout leaders who were accused of child molestation from the 1960s through the ’80s. When the files were finally made public last month under the order of the Oregon Supreme Court, one motive for all secrecy became painfully apparent: The so-called “perversion list” revealed a gaping flaw in how cases were handled.

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