Our exclusive look into the Boy Scouts confidential files – 30,000 documents, 10 journalists, 6 months of research. Our investigation reveals scouts’ pleas for help being ignored while some scout leaders were promised confidentiality.
The Scripps National Investigative Team tracks systemic problems within the Boy Scouts of America, including poor background checks, and suspected molestors moving from troop to troop. More of our exclusive interview with the leader of BSA.
After revelations of abuse within the Boy Scouts of America, how has the organization and its policies changed, and are changes working? You’ll hear different sides. Plus, a one-time abused scout has to decide whether scouting is right for his sons
About the Series
"Trail of Betrayal” is a joint project from Scripps broadcast, print and digital journalists based in Washington, D.C. Over six months, the Scripps National Investigative team researched and reported on a portion of the Boy Scouts of America's confidential files. The files were designed as a way to protect scouts. It was created to keep individuals out of scouting that Boy Scouts of America deemed "ineligible” to serve. Most individuals on the list were Scout leaders accused of molesting children.
The "Trail of Betrayal" package on child sex abuse in the Boy Scouts of America was produced by an investigative team at The E.W. Scripps Co.'s bureau in Washington, D.C. Journalists reviewed 30,000 documents, contained in 1,881 files, and traveled around the country to prepare reports for broadcast, digital and print platforms.