“Leave No Trace: A Hidden History of the Boy Scouts” explores allegations made by thousands of former Scouts, like John Humphrey, who joined his troop in 1972 at the age of 12.
He said that for three years he suffered abuse from his scout leader.
“It cost me a job. It cost me an income,” he told ABC News. “The difficulty of maintaining employment – either because you have an overbearing boss and you just want to tell them to jump in a lake, or you can’t stay focused – it’s costing us dearly.”
Filmmaker Irene Taylor called Humphrey the “anchor” of this documentary.
“It represents both the human journey but also the journey of this 115-year-old organization and their financial history, their financial future and the litigation that they are still in the midst of right now,” she said.
Two years ago, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy and more than 82,000 former members filed abuse claims. The national organization is set to pay more than $2.7 billion to the victims.
“We are heartbroken and outraged…and we sincerely apologize to anyone who has been hurt during their time in Scouting,” the Boy Scouts said online.
Humphrey said he hopes sharing his story can help others.
“By telling our stories, it started part of the healing process because I realized I wasn’t alone,” he said.
“Leave No Trace” will stream on Hulu and hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on June 16.
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