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In this Tuesday, April 13, 2010 file photo, Kerry Lewis, left, leans into his lawyer Paul Mones after the verdict against the Boy Scouts of America was announced in Portland, Ore. The jury decided that the Boy Scouts were negligent for allowing the abuser to associate with Lewis and other boys after admitting to a Scouts official in 1983 that he had molested 17 boys. Within a few months of that judgment, the Scouts announced that all adult volunteers - now numbering 1.2 million - would be required to take child-protection training when they join the Scouts and repeat the training every two years.

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Major youth groups make headway against sex abuse

The Boy Scouts have labored for decades to curtail sexual abuse of scouts by adult volunteers. But when their name was evoked in a lawsuit linked to the Penn State abuse scandal, the reference was not to problems — it was acknowledgment that the Scouts' current prevention policies are considered state of the art.

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