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BOSTON — Nondisclosure agreements are commonly used by large companies to protect trade secrets, resolve arbitration cases and settle workplac…

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ANDOVER — Six former school and town employees signed agreements before leaving their jobs that bind them to secrecy about unknown matters pri…

Once used only by high-tech firms to protect trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements are increasingly shielding powerful men from accusations of abuse or rape, say victims-rights advocates who are pressuring state legislatures to restrict the practice.