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A Note from Paul Mones
First, thanks for taking the time to review my website. For over 30 years, I have dedicated my law practice and professional career to protecting the rights of children. I have focused on representing child victims of sexual and physical abuse, adult survivors of sexual abuse and adolescents who have killed an abusive parent or guardian. Because I have worked on hundreds of civil and criminal cases throughout the nation involving both children and adults, I bring a unique wealth of insight, experience and knowledge to each case I undertake.
Representing Survivors of Sexual Abuse
I have brought lawsuits throughout the United States against youth-serving organizations, religious institutions and schools during my long career. This effort has included sexual abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America, the Roman Catholic Church, various Christian denominations, private schools and other institutions of trust throughout the United States. Central to my work in this area was my April 2010 trial against the Boy Scouts of America on behalf of a man who had been sexually abused by his scout leader in the early 1980’s. The trial represented the first time that the BSA’s ‘perversion files’ – confidential files maintained by the BSA on pedophiles – were admitted into Court before a jury. As a result of the trial, in October 2012 after extensive legal appeals,, the ‘perversion files’ from 1965 through 1985 were released to the general public. This file release was a landmark event in the history of child abuse advocacy. It garnered national and international attention and has sparked a national dialogue of the child abuse prevention and protection policies. Through trials like this and my long years of working with survivors, I have developed a keen understanding of not just the immense strength and courage it takes to acknowledge the devastating harm caused by sexual abuse, but also the difficult and painful journey of that long road back to recovery. I also believe that vigorous advocacy for survivors serves another critical purpose: it helps insure that other children do not become tomorrow’s victims of sexual abuse.
Defending Victims of Abuse
Some adolescents and teens victims of sexual, physical and psychological abuse become so fearful and psychologically and emotionally overwhelmed that they tragically kill their parents or guardians. I am aware of no other attorney in the United States that has patricide and matricide as a focus of his practice. My 1991 book, When A Child Kills: Abused Children Who Kill Their Parents is considered a landmark book by child abuse professionals. As a result of my youth advocacy work, the American Bar Association presented me with its Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award which is “awarded to one attorney each year for his or her outstanding contributions…to the rights of children and youth.”
In addition to my trial work, I act as an expert consultant to attorneys throughout the nation on custody and domestic violence cases.
Explore this Website
Please take some time to read more detail about my work as well as my writings and lectures on sexual abuse and other youth issues. To discover more details about my advocacy for abuse victims, please watch several short videos concerning sexual abuse. Additionally, you can read some of my selected magazine and newspaper interviews or view my television interviews.
Choosing an attorney is an important decision, therefore if you have any questions regarding my services or have specific questions on how I might assist you or a family member that has been abused, please send me an email by clicking here or call me at (503) 225-1054.
Thank you very much,
Paul Mones serves clients in Oregon and California where he is admitted to practice law. He also has cooperative relationships with other attorneys who possess specialized knowledge and experience in children’s rights and sexual abuse, and through pro hac vice admissions, can provide assistance to victims and accused persons in other states. For more information, please contact Paul using his online contact form.
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