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BOY SCOUT SEXUAL ABUSE

Watch the Landmark BSA Verdict In Portland Being Read

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/04/jury_awards_millions_in_punati.html

Articles on Landmark Boy Scout Trial in Portland, OR

http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/04/23/26667.htm

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http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/04/jury_returns_verdict_in_boy_sc.html

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Boy Scouts ‘perversion files': New lawsuits, damages likely

October 19, 2012
With the release this week of 1,200 confidential files on suspected sexual abuse from past decades, the Boy Scouts of America faces the prospect of a new wave of lawsuits and potentially costly damages.
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Boy Scouts release secret child abuse files — ‘the pain and the anguish of thousands’

October 19, 2012
Updated at 6:45 pm ET — More than 1,200 formerly secret Boy Scouts’ files detailing accusations of child sex abuse within the organization from 1965 to 1985 were published online Thursday by lawyers, one who said the documents revealed an unintentional but “de facto cover-up of abuse.”
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Decades of abuse of Boy Scouts detailed

October 19, 2012
PDT SAN FRANCISCO — More than a thousand Boy Scout leaders around the nation who served between 1965 and 1985 had allegedly molested boys, with at least two dozen of those attacks happening in the Bay Area, according to a mountain of documents released Thursday by court order in Oregon.
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Boy Scouts child abuse files: Can the organization withstand their release?

October 18, 2012
In recent years, the Boy Scouts of America has implemented many new guidelines to protect against new abuse. Even though morale inside the BSA remains high, some experts say the group is fighting a losing battle.
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Files show locals helped cover up Scout abuse

October 18, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Again and again, decade after decade, an array of authorities — police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and local Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters and others accused of molesting children, a newly opened trove of confidential papers shows.
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Scout “perversion” files from 1959-1985 show local officials helped hush up some abuse cases

October 18, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. – Again and again, decade after decade, an array of authorities — police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and local Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters and others accused of molesting children, a newly opened trove of confidential papers shows.
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Boy Scouts release 20 years of ‘perversion files’ naming leaders accused of sex abuse

October 18, 2012
The Boy Scouts of America’s “perversion files,” detailing sex abuse allegations against scout leaders, have been secret for nearly a century. But on Thursday, thanks to a court order, 20 years’ worth of the files were made public.
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Boy Scout ‘perversion files’: Public gets unprecedented look at secret records on suspected abusers

October 18, 2012
A Portland law firm made history Thursday by releasing internal Boy Scout files on 1,247 volunteers expelled from Scouting because they were suspected of abusing children.
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’Perversion files’ show locals helped cover up for Boy Scouts

October 18, 2012
Local Boy Scout leaders, police officials, prosecutors and mayors helped hush up numerous child sex abuse allegations against scoutmasters and other volunteers, according to details in a trove of nearly 15,000 pages of so-called “perversion files” compiled by the Scouts from 1959 to the mid-1980s.
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Boy Scout Files Detail Decades of Alleged Sex Abuse

October 18, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. — In August 1981, the father of three Boy Scouts in western Colorado wrote in deep despair to scouting supervisors: a familiar local scout leader, referred to only as Joe, had sexually abused boys in his troop, including the writer’s own sons, and yet was still being allowed to have contact with boys.
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Boy Scouts ‘perversion files’ to be released Oct. 18

October 10, 2012
More than 20,000 pages documenting alleged sex abuse by leaders and volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America are to be made public on Oct. 18.
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Where the Boy Scouts went terribly wrong

September 22, 2012
Over the course of two decades, the Boy Scouts of America covered up the acts of hundreds of child molesters within its ranks, never notifying authorities and instead quietly banishing offenders, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles. Sometimes, the molesters left one Scout troop and reappeared at another to molest again, according to information in the 1,600 confidential Boy Scout files that go from 1970 to 1991.
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Boy Scouts sex abuse files now evidence in lawsuit

By William McCall
March 20, 2010

The Boy Scouts of America call them “perversion files,” internal documents used to track Scout leaders suspected of sexually abuse young boys. On Friday they became part of the public record in an Oregon lawsuit.

A judge who had ordered the Scouts to release them received 1,247 files into evidence near the end of the third day of trial that began Wednesday with a lawyer saying “you will be the first jury to see them.”

Attorneys Paul Mones and Kelly Clark won the release of files from 1965-85 to help them make the case in a $14 million lawsuit against the Boy Scouts filed by a 37-year-old Oregon man. He was sexually molested in the early 1980s by assistant Scoutmaster Timur Dykes, who was convicted three times between 1983 and 1994 of sexually abusing boys, most of them Scouts.

Boy Scouts sex files now evidence in Ore. lawsuit

By William McCall
March 20, 2010

The Boy Scouts of America call them “perversion files,” internal documents used to track Scout leaders suspected of sexually abuse young boys. On Friday they became part of the public record in an Oregon lawsuit.

A judge who had ordered the Scouts to release them received 1,247 files into evidence near the end of the third day of trial that began Wednesday with a lawyer saying “you will be the first jury to see them.”

Attorneys Paul Mones and Kelly Clark won the release of files from 1965-85 to help them make the case in a $14 million lawsuit against the Boy Scouts filed by a 37-year-old Oregon man. He was sexually molested in the early 1980s by assistant Scoutmaster Timur Dykes, who was convicted three times between 1983 and 1994 of sexually abusing boys, most of them Scouts.
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SAMPLE OF OTHER BSA CASES FROM AROUND THE NATION

OHIO
http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/crime-law/boy-scout-sex-case-settled/ngfkH/

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/03/20/boy-scouts-sex-files-evidence-ore-lawsuit/

NEW JERSEY

A North Jersey family destroyed by Boy Scout abuse

November 17, 2012
As Richard Schultz tells it, his childhood ended in a trailer at a Boy Scout camp when his troop leader stripped him, tied him up and took Polaroids of the 13-year-old boy “modeling” Stations of the Cross.
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FLORIDA

Files released by Boy Scouts identify local abuse cases

November 17, 2012
GAINESVILLE — Jessie James “Jamie” Slocum Jr. of Branford was the kind of small-town model citizen that everybody could admire — church deacon, town councilman, Boy Scout leader.
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TEXAS

Texas judge orders Boy Scouts to produce files

August 31, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A San Antonio judge has ordered the Boy Scouts of America to produce as part of a civil lawsuit the secret files the organization keeps to prevent accused pedophiles from becoming employees of or volunteers for the organization.
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http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140821-boy-scouts-of-america-settle-with-san-antonio-man-over-sex-abuse-suit.ece

Kentucky

Boy Scouts, Church, Leader Sued over 1970s Claims

February 4, 2011
PADUCAH, KY – The Boy Scouts of America and the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky are being sued by a man who contends he was sexually abused by his scoutmaster 35 years ago.
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SEXUAL ABUSE CASES AGAINST THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

TRIAL AGAINST THE DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE RESULTING IN 11.45 MILLION DOLLAR VERDICT

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/19/nyregion/19church.html?pagewanted=print&_r=1&

SEXUAL ABUSE CASE AGAINST THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK

http://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/15/nyregion/sex-abuse-lawsuit-names-ex-teacher-and-archdiocese.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/archdiocese-settles-teacher-sex-abuse-case-article-1.879246

SEXUAL ABUSE IN CASES AGAINST PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Horace Mann School’s History of Sexual Abuse

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/10/magazine/the-horace-mann-schools-secret-history-of-sexual-abuse.html

SEXUAL ABUSE CASES AGAINST YOUTH SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS

http://www.people.com/article/ayso-lawsuit-children-molested-soccer-coach

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ayso-sexual-abuse-lawsuit-20150303-story.html

http://theavtimes.com/2015/03/04/victims-molested-by-local-soccer-coach-file-lawsuit-against-ayso/

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/03/prweb12559668.htm

PAUL MONES INTERVIEW ON UNIVISION CONCERNING AYSO

http://uni.vi/3xriSC

PATRICIDE AND MATRICIDE CASES

Judge to rule in neo-Nazi’s slaying

Phil Willon
L.A. Times
January 14, 2013
The boy, who was 10 when he killed his father, could be sent to juvenile detention or be given probation, sent to live with relatives or undergo intensive counseling.

Before sunrise, a troubled 10-year-old Riverside boy quietly crept downstairs with a loaded revolver, held it at his sleeping father’s head and, using two fingers, squeezed the trigger.

That’s not in dispute. Neither is this: The youngster will be a free man before his 23rd birthday, if not sooner.
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Expert calls Newtown shooting “fundamentally different” because it started with matricide

Paul LaRosa and Greg Fisher
CBS News
December 19, 2012
The Newtown school shooting is “fundamentally different” from most mass shootings in this country because it “started with a matricide, of a boy killing his mother,” according to attorney Paul Mones, who specializes in defending teens and young adults who have killed their parents.

Newtown shooter Adam Lanza reportedly shot his mother four times in the face while she was in bed before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School where he murdered 20 children and six adults.
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Rare cases of children killing their parents hit hard in area; 2 teens accused in Lenawee Co. deaths over last 2 years

Toledo Blade (Ohio)
Laren Weber Blade
October 5, 2008
Slowly, Mindy Berenyi has begun to forgive herself.
More than a decade has passed since the then-16-year-old girl fatally shot her father in their rural Paulding County home. She claimed she had been a victim of childhood abuse.
Berenyi said she always has known what she did was wrong.
But the desperation and fear she felt was inescapable.
“Even though every rational part of me was screaming at myself not to do it, I shot him,” said Berenyi, now 29, who is serving a life sentence at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville. “I became what I was afraid of that day – someone who is capable of taking another person’s life.”

There were 201 cases of parents believed to be killed by their children reported in the United States last year, according to the FBI. Such cases typically make up about 1 percent of the nation’s ho-micides.
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When Kids Kill Abusive Parents

Time
Anastasia Toufexis;Hannah Bloch/New York and Jeanne McDowell/Los Angeles

Nov. 23, 1992
In the tiny community of Cement, Oklahoma, trees and telephone poles are festooned with pink ribbons. People work tirelessly to collect signatures on petitions. The activity is in support of Billie Joe Powell, a 16-year-old girl charged with fatally shooting her father, who had allegedly abused her. Townspeople hope their efforts will help persuade the court to try the high school sophomore not as an adult but as a juvenile, so that she will receive more lenient treatment.

A few years ago, such sympathy would have been unheard of. Children who killed their parents were the ultimate pariahs. Regarded as evil or mentally ill “bad seeds,” they virtually always earned the harshest judgment of the public and the courts. Says psychologist and attorney Charles Patrick Ewing of the State University of New York at Buffalo: “We take the commandment to ‘honor thy father and thy mother’ very seriously. The implication is that you’re supposed to honor your parents even if they abuse you.”
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Attorney Defends Children Who Kill a Parent

JAMES ANDERSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
April 05, 1992
Paul Mones pulls a handwritten letter from an office brimming with paper and reads aloud. It’s from one of his clients–a teen-age boy imprisoned for murdering a parent.

“It’s still a hard question of why I did it,” he wrote.

“I sincerely hope that other kids out there will have someone to talk to like I have. If it’s possible, maybe we can set up a correspondence net throughout the United States for kids like us. Who knows, it just might help in getting over the guilt I know we all feel.”

Mones understands. The Los Angeles attorney may be the only lawyer in the United States whose specialty is defending kids who kill.

To many of his colleagues, this is a strange vocation. But dozens around the country have called him for advice in defending parricide cases.

“They say with a nervous laugh, ‘Oh boy, that’s some specialty you got there,’ ” said Mones, who outlined his work in a book, “When a Child Kills: Abused Children Who Kill Their Parents.”

Parricides account for more than 300 of the nation’s 20,000 homicides each year. Most of the killers are white, middle-class boys between the ages of 16 and 18 with no criminal record. Mones argues that most suffer silent years of sexual, physical and psychological abuse before they act against a parent.
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When Child Kills Parent, It’s Sometimes to Survive

NY Times
By DAVID MARGOLICK
Published: February 14, 1992
Until she took the stand, 17-year-old Donna Marie Wisener seemed girlishly calm, twirling a ballpoint pen and playing with her hair even as her distraught mother testified in her defense last week. But the girl’s composure quickly collapsed as she recounted how, nine months earlier, she picked up a .357-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver and blasted bullet holes in her father’s head, hip, hand, back and side.

Thus ended the life of Glenn Wisener, the 49-year-old truck driver of whom the jury in Tyler, Tex., had been given a posthumous portrait the prior few days. Mr. Wisener’s wife, Mamie, testified that her husband was the type to throw oak logs at her or Donna Marie when either displeased him, or smash a plate containing his fried eggs if they were not sufficiently runny. He beat his stepson with branches, belts, ropes, hoes and fists — in a worse way, one witness recalled, than he would ever have “whupped” his own livestock. Life With Father

Miss Wisener offered her own grotesque version of life with father: He had once broken two switches on her buttocks. Other times, he handcuffed her to a chair for his amusement or, when her report card was unsatisfactory, beat her unconscious. In more affectionate moments, he gave her “rub downs” and sent her sexually suggestive Valentines.
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Damm Case Fits Pattern

The Denver Post
Diane Carman
March 18, 2007
The story of Linda Damm’s murder last month in Lafayette is enough to make an ambitious prosecutor’s nostrils flare in eager anticipation. This is lurid, made-for-TV-movie material.

This is a slam-dunk conviction.
From the alleged stabbing to the reports of failed attempts to dispose of her remains, the bizarre details continue to emerge. The allegation that the kids partied at the house after the murder with the body decomposing in the back of a car parked in the garage is enough to seal their fate with your average jury.

The murder trial for 15-year-old Tess Damm and her 17-year-old boyfriend, Bryan Grove, is a long way off, but many already have made up their minds.

Paul Mones has seen it all before.
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Expert: Desperation leads kids to kill their parents

By Steve Silverman
The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL)
February 16, 2002
BLOOMINGTON – The vast majority of children who kill their parents do so out of desperation rather than malice, says a leading expert on such slayings.

Most children in “parricides” – the killing of parents – are victims of chronic abuse who believe they are trapped in unbearable situations, said Paul Mones, an Oregon defense attorney and author of “When a Child Kills.”

“These kids typically have a sense of hopelessness so severe that they’ll take extreme actions,” he said.

Feelings of helplessness tend to intensify when the child’s cries for help are ignored by authorities, school officials and others. A typically passive child may be driven to violence after his or her allegations are disregarded because they believe it’s the only way to stop the abuse, Mones said.
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Why Do Kids Kill?
8-Year-Old’s Killing Spree Raises Questions About Why Children Murder

By Russell Goldman ABC.news Nov. 12, 2008
Investigators are still piecing together exactly what took place in an eastern Arizona home, where an 8-year-old boy allegedly shot and killed his father and another man, systematically reloading a rifle and firing at close range.

Details from the St. Johns crime scene are scant, and with a court-imposed gag order, little new information is likely to come out unless the boy is tried for the two counts of murder on which he has been charged.

Police initially suspected the boy had been physically or sexually abused, but before the gag order was imposed Monday, investigators said they had found no evidence of trauma.

“That’s what makes this so troubling,” Roy Melnick, chief of police in St. Johns, told the New York Times Tuesday.

Experts familiar with parental murders by young children, but not involved in this case, said abuse is almost always a factor in such crimes.
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Young killer’s pleas went unanswered; Boy who got little help before killing his abusive father will get counseling in family-style setting.

The Indianapolis Star
April 26, 2001
MARION, Ind. — Wayne Salyers Jr. doesn’t have much reason to trust adults.

His father regularly beat him. His family failed to protect him.

School officials did little. Not when he wrote a counselor, describing how his father beat him with belts and boards. Not when he threw himself around his principal’s ankles, begging her not to call his father to report a behavior problem.

No one, it seemed, would help him. So on a night last August, he abandoned his Hot Wheels, grabbed a .44-caliber Magnum from his parents’ bedroom and killed his father.

On Tuesday, Wayne turned 11. On Wednesday, the Fairmount boy walked into the Grant County Courthouse in handcuffs and leg shackles to see what adults had decided his future should be — a stay of undetermined length at a facility where he can receive counseling and live in a family-style environment.

But those close to the case said it never should have gotten to this point.

“What we have here was a boy that was crying out for help and didn’t get that help,” said Paul Mones, a Portland, Ore., attorney who helped represent Wayne.
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Defender of the Indefensible

Paul Mones Sees Terrified Kids Where Others See Parent Killers
June 07, 1989
Los Angeles Times
GARRY ABRAMS

I can’t say it’s the most fun thing in the world but I think I have more freedom here than I did at home. –Dale Whipple, 22, currently serving 20 to 40 years in an Indiana prison. Paul Mones’ clients usually go to prison. Many pull hard time–“Star Trek time,” he calls it, meaning that their earliest parole dates are decades into the next century.
Mones’ clients are young killers.
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DEFENDING VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

ABUSE VICTIM FOUND NOT GUILTY OF ASSAULTING PREDATORY PRIEST

Will Lynch Found Not Guilty of Assaulting Priest who sexually abused him in the 1970’s http://bit.ly/1ROiMHU 7/5/2102

Man who attacked priest in revenge is not guilty

Schneider co-worker testifies that Waymire also approached him