The first trailer for the documentary feature film Leave No Trace offers a tell all account of the rampant sexual abuse inside the Boy Scouts of America and the century long cover up that has resulted in over 80,000 men to come forward about their personal experiences on the inside of it all. The film traces the downfall of the BSA after the accusations that the organization had gone public.
Now, the organization which garnered support from American presidents, CEOs and community leaders, and had maintained a significant cultural influence since its founding in 1910 — was aware of pedophiles in its ranks for generations and did nothing to stop the abuse. It also explores how declining membership connects back to policies that failed to protect boys from sexually abusive scout leaders, resulting in the Scouts’ declaring bankruptcy in 2020 and a proposed reorganization plan that would feature the largest sexual abuse settlement in history.
The trailer takes a look into the archives of the BSA, including financial records, court documents as well as firsthand accounts from survivors seeking justice amid a high-stakes court case. It also includes interviews and taped depositions with former organizational leadership (and one highly placed insider) that uncover how its executives allegedly put the Boy Scouts’ financial considerations and interests ahead of the safety of tens of thousands of young boys.
The film is directed by Emmy winner and Oscar nominated director Irene Taylor and presented by ABC News the film is set to release on June 16 for Hulu alongside a small theatrical release in Los Angeles and New York.