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Past failure overshadows Scouts’ strides in protecting youth from abuse

I am a lawyer who represents victims of sexual abuse in civil cases, and I have litigated against the Boy Scouts of America. I was pleased to read the Globe’s news coverage about the release of the so-called perversion, or confidential, files, the Scouts’ secret dossiers on thousands of accused molesters.

While the Scouts have made strides in recent years to protect members from sexual abuse, the organization’s pernicious history of burying abuse and its failure to enact rules designed to prevent abuse are shameful. I was therefore surprised at the tone of the Nov. 3 editorial, “Boy Scouts covered up abuse, but also made crucial reforms,” which praised the Scouts for keeping the files for “more than 80 years” and for an “admirable awareness of the need to protect youths from predators.”

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