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BSA committed to youth protection as sex abuse files released

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Hundreds of sexual abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America will be made public in the coming days.

According to reports, the organization tried to cover up hundreds of cases of alleged abuse and in some cases allowed scout leaders to continue working.

An Oregon court is demanding the documents be made public as part of a sex abuse lawsuit.

"It was the kind of information that should have been used to inform a program of protection for scouts because it indicated that scouts were at great risk," victim's attorney Timothy Kosnoff said.

Despite the bombshell report, the BSA said the organization has come a long way and is doing everything it can to move forward and protect children.

 "I think the context since a long time ago, there are places where we fell short and didn't do the job we should have, and for that we are profoundly sorry. "said Wayne Perry, the BSA president.

"I personally am incredibly apologetic as well as the organization is apologetic for the past mistakes that were made. But those were mistakes that were made in the past. They cannot and will not be tolerated and be made in today's scouting. You can take that to every single parent, every volunteer, everybody watching this interview, that today's scouting is defiantly safer than it was before," added Mike Johnson, the organization's youth protection director.

The BSA said its main concern is protecting the youth.

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