Dr. Matthew Mendel
I have been involved in over ninety criminal and civil cases in ten states and in federal jurisdiction. I specialize in evaluating the impact of childhood trauma – particularly sexual abuse – upon men. In each case, I am able to convey effectively to attorneys, juries, and other interested parties how these experiences have affected that particular individual.
Male survivors of childhood sexual abuse are generally reluctant to disclose about their victimization; no group of men is less likely to let others see their vulnerability than criminal defendants. With over twenty years of experience working with male survivors, I am able to help them lower their guard and tell about their childhood traumas and the impact they have had upon their lives.
In recent years, several high-profile cases, including the Catholic Church, Boy Scouts, and Penn State University, have shone a light on the sexual abuse of male victims. In order to proceed with determining appropriate financial reparation to these victims, juries must first understand the impact of the sexual abuse. I am adept at conveying to juries and others how abuse affects its victims across broad areas of their lives.
Both through my writing and my appearances in court, I am able to connect with and communicate effectively with the jurors encharged with determining a defendant's fate. In these cases, I write a mini-biography of an individual charged with a crime. By doing so, I help those who read my report or hear my testimony understand how his childhood -- filled with tragedy and abuse -- contributed to him developing into the adult he became.
Over the past 20 years, I have worked with over one hundred men who were sexually abused during childhood. These men often come to me feeling hopeless and lost. With my experience and expertise, I am generally able to instill a sense of hope and optimism quite quickly. While therapy to address the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse is certainly a long and difficult process, the men with whom I work usually see dramatic improvement across virtually every area of their lives. It is enormously gratifying to see these men move from despair to optimism to success and joy.
9360 Falls of Neuse Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
phone: (919) 876-1313
fax: (919) 882-1567
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