For decades, the Boy Scouts were a haven for youth in America, as parents entrusted the organization to teach their lads skills and develop friendships that would shape their lives. Universally praised by politicians and celebrated by artists, the Boy Scout model seemed to be an enduring pillar of what America stood for.
Irene Taylor’s documentary LEAVE NO TRACE makes it abundantly clear that this model is also perfect for pedophiles. The Scouts, for decades, knew of predators within their ranks and did nothing about them. The film explores the pain and anguish endured through interviews with survivors ranging from teens to senior citizens. Parents are awash with shame. And the Scout representatives interviewed at all times put their best spin on things. It is heartbreaking and infuriating.
Over 80,000 cases of abuse have been reported at the time of the filming. The Scouts agreed to a nearly $3 billion settlement. But it is unclear if any of that money has ever - or will ever - reach those directly impacted.
We put our children in harm's way in churches, schools, and social clubs. Now LEAVE NO TRACE - on Hulu - can be added to the fine films that document the horrors of abuse.