GRAPEVINE (October 14, 2013)--The Boy Scouts of America organization is hosting another closed-door meeting of experts and leaders to discuss ways to identify and fight child abuse.
The group's second National Youth Protection Symposium, which started Monday in Grapevine, drew about 100 participants from various youth and faith groups, who heard from Scouting leaders and an expert who identified how abuse leaves an imprint on children that can last their whole lifetime.
The BSA says it has overhauled its policies and awareness programs for adult leaders, after decades of abuse cases that went unreported to authorities.
Abuse complaints were kept in internal files that were disclosed in an Oregon civil lawsuit.
Michael Johnson, who is the group's national director of youth protection, said the Scouts see themselves as "part of the community" that is battling abuse.