As a documentary that examines the rapid downfall of a once-renowned national organization, Hulu’s ‘Leave No Trace: A Hidden History of the Boy Scouts’ can only be described as compelling. It shines a spotlight on the nearly century-long, deceitful cover-up of the BSA’s sexual abuse allegations against leaders and volunteers. Stuart Lord is one such individual to not only have filed a report against the association but also candidly share his story in this production — so now, let’s find out more about him, shall we?
Who is Stuart Lord
Stuart Calvin Lord was born April 9, 1959. He was a foster child in New Rochelle, New York. His surroundings were such that he actually developed a keen interest in both the outdoors and community activism at quite an early age, yet the former didn’t work out too well for him. Stuart was able to join Boy Scouts of America. However, it quickly turned into a nightmare as Lonnie Barnes, his scoutmaster, took advantage of Stuart for reportedly nearly eight years (1970-1978).
Stuart admittedly suppressed his extensive trauma in fear, which means he didn’t tell a single soul about what’d transpired until he turned 40 — until Lonnie himself disclosed his heinous actions to the police. “When the detective said he confessed to abusing you,” the former revealed through tears in the Hulu original, “I must have read that email a hundred times, because I no longer had to prove to people I was abused. I was free.” He thus filed a report with the New Rochelle Police Department in 2012 before eventually choosing to bring forward a case against the Boy Scouts in court.
Where is Stuart Lord Now
Stuart has made a successful life despite all the hardships he’s faced, including Lonnie, who allegedly went so far as to act his father figure in those years of assaults. He actually picked himself up after he had graduated from high school and decided to follow his other passions, community activism, as well as spirituality. From a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Religious Studies and a minor in Sociology to a Master of Divinity and Theology to a Doctor of Ministry in Educational Management, he hence obtained it all.
Stuart has held various executive positions at various institutions, including at Dartmouth College and Naropa University, Bonner Foundation and Wheelock College. He also co-founded Floyd Rights. This is a social welfare group that works to reduce the use of force during arrests by enforcing a law that protects human dignity. We should also mention that the Boulder native and Delta Developmental President/Chief Executive officer is a proud husband, father, and fitness enthusiast. Stuart seems happy with his current position, and that is all that matters.
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