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This Lawsuit Could Give Sex Abuse Victims in Every State the Chance to Sue the Boy Scouts

One victim alleges that he won merit badges for sex acts with the assistant scoutmaster of his troop.

The first federal sex abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America could help victims from all 50 states to sue the Boy Scouts — or it could get shelved long before the eight men who filed it ever get the chance to tell their stories in a courtroom.

The men, who say they were sexually abused as children by Boy Scout leaders, filed their lawsuit in Washington, D.C., this week because state statutes of limitations would likely block them from suing their alleged attackers in state court.

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