Boys Ranch is premiering its film, Edge of the World, on March 2. It is a film about a coach that even through the hard times, pushed through to be a leader.
This film has brought a lot of controversies though. A group of alleged abuse survivors of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch protested the premiere of the film ‘Edge of the World’.
The men involved say the film is another example of the Boys Ranch trying to cover up for decades of physical, emotional and sexual abuse suffered by children in its care.
“We’re offended by this film because it is another fairytale spun by Boys Ranch which refuses to tell the truth about its abusive past,” says survivor Steve Smith who lived at the ranch in the 1960s. “The history of this place is packed with horror stories, yet Boys Ranch has never shown that any abuser has been made accountable.”
The film was produced by Tascosa Films whose president is the Boys Ranch CEO, Dan Adams.
The alleged abuse survivors say that by sponsoring the “propaganda” film, Boys Ranch is failing to take the abuse allegations seriously.
Many survivors say they suffer from mental health issues, such as PTSD, depression and suicidal thoughts as a result of the childhood trauma they experienced by the staff at Boys Ranch.
Since 2017, Child-Friendly Faith Project, a child advocacy nonprofit organization, has spoken out on behalf of the survivors.
In August of 2018, the CFFP hosted the first reunion for Boys Ranch survivors and created a video commemorating the occasion.
CFFP founder, Janet Heimlich, says Boys Ranch has not shown that its abuse is in the past. “We have been contacted by survivors who lived there from the 1950s all the way up through the 2010s,” she says. “So that begs the question: Is the facility safe for children today? Boys Ranch claims it has very good abuse prevention policies but refuses to show them to us.”
“Child Protective Services and the licensing people here in Amarillo, ask them. They’re the ones that monitor and manage us and they’re the ones that we’re accountable to relative to our policies and procedures, not Child-Friendly Faith,” said Dan Adams, Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch President and CEO in August of 2018.
We could not obtain comments on Saturday night from Boys Ranch.
When it comes to the claims from the Boys Ranch alumni, Adams told us in 2018 he’s not going to say they’re wrong or that they didn’t experience the things they mentioned.
He said he took them at their word based on what they told him and he’s sorry about that because that’s never been the intent of Boys Ranch.
“I know that help is forthcoming,” said Adams.
This story has been updated to include comment from Boys Ranch.