Child Sexual Abuse
Child abuse is the perfect crime because its victims are often too embarrassed, confused and fearful to reveal the awful truth that haunts them whether they are awake or asleep. Moreover, though the specific acts of abuse are horrific, it is actually the psychological and emotional consequences of these acts – like depression, low self-esteem and lack of trust – which cause the real lifetime injury. Civil lawsuits will not erase the years of loss and suffering for a survivor, but they are perhaps the best way to hold responsible those who caused the pain.
Sexual abuse by a religious leader represents an exploitation of the sacred trust and respect a child—and the child’s parents—has for both the leader and the religion itself. While there has been well-deserved media scrutiny concerning sexual abuse of youth by Roman Catholic priests over the last few years, it is critical to realize that the molestation of children and teenagers is also perpetrated by leaders in other religious groups.
In addition to representing numerous victims of Catholic priest abuse as well as victims Catholic lay ministers, Paul Mones has also worked on behalf of abuse victims in the Orthodox Jewish community and those in Protestant churches.
The Boy Scouts of America has provided a valuable experience to generations of boys, however during this same period of time, the Boy Scouts of America have had a continuous problem with child molesters infiltrating their ranks of adult volunteers and scoutmasters.
Paul Mones has represented young men who were abused as boy scouts. He has a thorough understanding of the Boy Scouts of America as an organization, its national structure and its history in addressing sexual abuse.
Teachers wield tremendous power and control over their students. While the vast majority do a good job in educating and guiding children, there are some who exploit the trust they’re placed in and they sexually abuse their students.
Paul Mones has the experience to assist sexually abused students and their parents redress the wrongs done to them by teachers and schools.