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Nov-28-2007 05:21printcomments

Marital Rape and Abuse Victim Seeks Justice From Oregon's Governor

This is a special plea for justice from an abuse survivor to Oregon's Governor. Does hope exist in Oregon's legal system? This is a story every one should know. Part One in a special series.

Coral Theill
Coral Theill has survived to bring her story forward; she wants Oregon's Governor to carry out justice where local elected officials won't.

(DALLAS, Ore.) - After surviving years of childhood and marital abuse and neglect, a woman suffers a physical collapse and severe mental/nervous breakdown. While in a near catatonic state, the woman is physically assaulted and raped. She becomes pregnant.

Bonshea is Coral Theill's book
about the abuse she survived under
the watch of the judicial system
in Oregon's rural Polk County

Toward the final stages of her pregnancy, she fully recovers from her breakdown. She births her baby, and mother and baby enjoy bonding and breastfeeding. The mother cherishes her newborn son. After undergoing several psychiatric tests and evaluations, her physicians state that she is well.

Her abuser, the father of the child, manipulates the judicial system and seeks custody of the baby. With intervention from the religious community and testimony about the mother's prior mental history, the father is awarded custody of the nursing infant. The mother is ordered to pay her rapist/abuser exorbitant child support while suffering from homelessness and disabilities. She is no longer allowed contact with her child. When the baby is abruptly taken away, the mother goes into shock.

The 'father of the child' has committed crimes against the mother according to Oregon statutes and laws (Chapter 743, Oregon Laws 1971, 163.375), but is embraced and rewarded in our judicial and religious system. The victim becomes the criminal. I am this woman; this baby is my child; and the father of this child is my ex-husband.

November 26, 2007

Dear Governor Ted Kulongoski, Attorney General Hardy Meyers, Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence, Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, citizens and lawmakers of Oregon:

I am writing you because something has gone terribly wrong in your backyard, specifically: The Polk, Marion and Wasco County courts and district attorney offices. When I sought safety and help in Oregon’s judicial system, I was not prepared for the horrors I experienced these past 12 years. I am requesting that the acts of disrespect, dishonesty and violence against me be acknowledged and resolved.

The ideology and belief system in Oregon’s judicial system have given power and legal rights for certain individuals to act inhumanely, including judges and district attorneys. This power must have checks and balances. In my case, there are no checks and balances. I cannot find help to correct this injustice. I repeat, no help.

This “Open Letter” is intended to demonstrate that wealthy perpetrators, supported by Oregon’s judicial system and attorneys, can continue to commit crimes of violence against their victims by harassing them and stalking them through the courts. My case history supports this fact. When you do not have monies for your own legal defense, you can be victimized indefinitely. Oregon’s legal system has given numerous individuals the legal right to commit criminal, depraved and inhumane acts against me.

According to Euro-American history, women and children were considered legal property, the chattel, of the father or husband. By taking his name, the wife 'belonged' to her husband.

Today, women and children are not legal property, but attitudes have been slow to keep up with the law and many men still believe it is their right or privilege to control women. I experienced this first hand, when I sought safety from my ex husband, Mr. Marty Warner, in Polk County, Oregon in 1995.

In 1999, I wrote a letter to Governor Kitzhaber that was included in the first chapter of my published book and true-life story, BONSHEA: Making Light of the Dark. I asked him “where should I go for help? I never received a response.

Today, I am not asking you “where I should go for help,” because I know, now, that there is “no help” elsewhere. So I am simply asking you “to help.”

I want to be free from the ongoing “legal stalking” by my ex husband who has been supported by what I believe is a corrupt Oregon judicial system. My health is frail and can no longer continue to endure this systematic form of legal terrorism. I want emancipated from my former husband, Mr. V. Martin Warner, and the Oregon judicial system.

I want my children to have access to psychological help as was recommended by Judge Paula Brownhill at the 2003 court hearing. I am distraught over the fact that I have been forced to give up my children so they can remain in a dysfunctional household fraught with abuse. I believe if there is no intervention for them in the near future, my children will learn the art of manipulation and lies to survive. They will be conditioned and will learn to keep family and church secrets. I want the cycle of violence to stop.

I have extensive documentation, including affidavits from physicians, co-workers and neighbors, court transcripts of nearly 42 court related hearings, tapes and videos, medical and mental reports and witnesses to substantiate and elaborate on this story. I believe when this case comes to light, someone will have to answer for the abuse and silent violence I have suffered in the Polk, Marion, and Wasco County courts. Martial and ritual abuse has evolved into legal abuse.

My “Open Letter” is also an effort to expose the fact that the advocacy system, as is, can offer no help or assistance in cases like mine. I have not received any help with my case from local, state, or from anyone or group on a national level, even though my case history in Oregon courts has been documented by many advocates, including my counselor and mentor, Dr. Barbara May, Professor of Nursing, Linfield College, as one of Oregon’s most violent and obscene cases.

Even though I have written hundreds of letters throughout the years to Oregon state legislators, to the media, lawyers and legal advocates, to the Governor of Oregon’s Council on Domestic Violence and Attorney General Hardy Meyers Sexual Assault Task Force in an effort to seek help and promote awareness for the need for better laws for women and children escaping domestic violence and abusive situations, there is often no response.

The letters received from the Oregon State Bar and the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence was shocking. Legal aid cannot and will not help and U.S. Staff Attorney for Domestic Violence, Poverty and Homelessness, Naomi Sterns, in Washington DC, was of no help either.

Many people have been perplexed by this lack of help. Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson has written of my case, "BONSHEA also illustrates the degree to which the legal system can also be used as a vehicle to further perpetuate abuse even after the victim has chosen to take a stand against the abuse"

Coral's Story of Hope...
You have to wonder why life holds so many difficult
challenges for some people. In the case of Coral Theill,
you find a talented author who has survived unspeakable
abuse that ultimately severed all relations with her children.
But she lived to tell her tale, and she says she won't stop
beating on the door of justice until it opens.
I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on court and legal fees and ordered to pay child support that soon amounted to twice my income, to my wealthy ex husband. I live below poverty level, have a disability due to the abuse I have suffered in my marriage and from the many years of ongoing court trauma. I have had no legal representation for the past 10 years. There is presently a $6,100 Summary Judgment against me through the Polk County District Attorney’s office for back child support based on income I never earned and errors throughout the years in the courts. My passport has also been revoked until all child support is paid.

Many people wonder why this is happening to me, when I was a victim of a crime, have a disability and have no contact with my children. It is not money that Mr. Warner wants. He wants vengeance and power and control over me.

I have not had visitation privileges with my children for nine years, and was ordered in December 2003 by Judge Paula Brownhill that I could not visit, phone, write or send gifts to my children. I had to give away the Christmas presents that I had purchased for my children that year due to Judge Paula Brownhill’s court order. My children have been actively discouraged from having a relationship with me. They have been severely brainwashed by my ex husband, his family, attorneys, school and religious educators.

LIFE Magazine, USA Today and many other organizations have featured articles on women in prison in America. They report that women prisoners are allowed to keep their babies with them for eighteen months while serving their sentences (Florida Statute 944.24). I am haunted by this single question. Why was I treated lower than a criminal in America and I have no criminal record and have no history of alcohol, drug or child abuse?

I was physically and mentally incapacitated during the time of my illness and unable to consent, and suffered repeated sexual assaults by my husband, Mr. Warner. My children were allowed to remain with the man accused of these crimes. My contact with them was completely, suddenly and arbitrarily removed.

Marital rape can be defined as any unwanted intercourse or penetration (vaginal, anal or oral) obtained by force, threat of force, or WHEN THE WIFE IS UNABLE TO CONSENT [mentally and/or physically incapacitated] (Bergen, 1996; Pagelow, 1984; Russell, 1990).

On July 5, 1993, marital rape became a crime in all 50 states, under at least one section of the sexual offense codes. In 17 states and the District of Columbia, there are NO EXEMPTIONS FROM RAPE PROSECUTION GRANTED TO HUSBANDS. Oregon is one of the 17 states.

I want District Attorney John Fisher and Deputy District Attorney Martha Hill investigated in regards to this criminal and civil matter in Polk County. I want the civil judgments and my case with the Polk County District Attorney’s office dismissed. I want protected from my abusers, Mr. Marty Warner and the Polk County judicial system. No woman who has been raped and suffered the abuse I have endured should be forced to pay her wealthy abuser and rapist monies.

In situations similar to mine, impoverished women have spent years in jail for owing back child support after losing their young children to their wealthy ex husbands. Their only crime: poverty.

I wonder what “is next” for me in the Polk County justice system.

I have risked and lost everything to escape my ex-husband, but I have never been more sure that the choices I made were the only choices I could make and survive.

Dr. Barbara May has been involved in my case since 1997. Throughout these past years she shared extraordinary wisdom and insights with me that helped transform my life from victim to survivor.

She writes, “Coral A. Theill is an abuse survivor who has been resourceful on her own behalf against all odds. She lives below poverty level income and has had to live out of her car at times in the past. Unfortunately, she has continued to be systematically beaten down and broken down in a variety of ways by other individuals, by her family, by her community, and by society despite her efforts to try and eke out a so called, ‘normal life.’ Anyone, even the strongest person, reaches a breaking point, especially when all avenues turn into dead ends and you are let down, rejected, turned away by everyone again and again. An excerpt of a letter I sent to District Attorney John W. Fisher, JD of Polk County Oregon on August 2, 2006 typifies just one example of many I have on how the system failed Ms. Theill."

"Having just heard the news from Coral that she will have to appear at a court hearing next month, I am appalled by what is happening to her in the name of the law. I am extremely concerned about her mental health which is what prompted my letter. I appeal to your sense of humanity to please see what you can do to seek true justice in this matter." (I received no response to this plea from D.A. Fisher and Ms. Theill was required to appear in court). --- Barbara A. May, PhD, APRN, BC, Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Professor of Nursing, Linfield College

Maureen T. Hannah, Ph.D., Chair, Battered Mother’s Custody Conference, has written of my true-life story, "As shocking as it may be, Coral's story resonates with the truth. I hear pleas for help from protective mothers like Coral every day, week after week, year after year--all of them pleading for their very birthright, their greatest right, which is to be a mother. She pinpoints, with heart-piercing accuracy, the historical hatred of females and of the feminine that has permeated societies, including our present one, for eons. Her personal story of living with and divorcing an abusive "religious" man who was cheered on by the community's religious, governmental, and legal authorities mirrors the persecution of all women who, like Coral, choose to say "no" to male dominance and power. Coral also calls out for the only true cure for the dark side of human nature, and that is to live in the light."

"Coral's work is a special blessing for me and for my sisters throughout this country. Not a single particle of the wisdom Coral shares misses the mark. BONSHEA pierces through the darkness that hides the legal system's routine abuse of mothers and children.”

Patricia Evans, nationally known author of the books, The Verbally Abusive Relationship, Verbal Abuse Survivors Speak Out, Controlling People, The Verbally Abusive Man-Can He Change, has commented, “Coral's story is extremely common in the U.S. today. Hundreds of thousands of fine, intelligent, loving, giving mothers have lost their children via the family court system. When I watched a good friend die when her immune system collapsed after ten years of her ex husband’s constant law suits, aimed at totally taking away her children; after I stood next to a woman who trembled from head to toe, in a room filled with women who had all lost their children as had she; after I talk with one of the thousands of women who tell me how they are abused, and that they cannot leave because they've been told, "If you leave, you'll never see the kids again," I know that abusive men, will, if they have money and are so inclined, say and do anything to get back at their wives for leaving them. I have also seen a psychopathic woman of wealth do this to her husband.

”How can this enslavement be happening in the United States? Because power over the innocent is condoned. Power over those who have what one wants is condoned. Power over the poor is condoned. Furthermore, there is no oversight of the family court system, nor is there any standard for determining justice in custody cases.” See the Website:

Oregon NOW Advocate, Anna Goldreyer, who has followed Coral's story since 2003 writes, “What is being seen over and over is that mothers are routinely prohibited from having even the most basic contact with their own children, not because they were unfit parents, but because they were outspent, out represented, and out-maneuvered in a court atmosphere not prepared to understand the needs of families dealing with domestic violence.

”To unnecessarily and violently separate a woman and her young children can represent the gravest form of abuse, with major social ramifications in generations to come.

”To harass and exhaust a victim through repeated, frivolous court actions aimed at punishing and controlling her, beyond the point where a victim is physically, mentally, or financially able to defend herself, can evolve into a form of legal stalking. The family court system as it is does not yet recognize this, and the advocacy system is literally not financially able to help these survivors spend thousands and thousands of dollars defending themselves year after year in court.

”In the controversial documentary "Breaking the Silence, Children's Stories" aired by OPB last year, which illustrated some of the ways a wealthy abuser can use the system as a tool of abuse, a non custodial mother remarks: "to lose one's children in such a way would unmake any woman." And it is true. Taking a woman's children is the last great punishment an abuser can scar them with. To be publicly and permanently branded 'unfit' is a new scarlet letter. It can and will scar an entire family for life.

“Awareness that such things can even happen is the first step. For stories by some of the children who have survived being taken from their mothers by abusers, some of whom brought lawsuits against their parents, see the website: For stories of the many other mothers and children in Coral's position and those trying to help them, as well as information and resources on this issue, please see her websites at the end of this story.

You can visit the National NOW Family Law Advisory Ad Hoc Committee Website here:

In April of 2007, prayers were answered when Tim King printed an article on my life story at Salem-News on May 12, 2007, Abuse Under the Watch of the Oregon Justice System. Tim King’s outstanding article received national attention. People from all over the world were truly outraged by the circumstances surrounding my Oregon court case and story. One commenter on Tim King’s original article, Rachel, South of the Border, May 15, 2007 1:30 PM (Pacific time) wrote: “An extraordinary piece. I cannot believe, with all the domestic violence organizations and money spent via NFP's, politicians, and organizations that no one has yet gotten Coral's children back to her. Yes, the outrage is what happened, but the secondary outrage is the lack of help even the domestic violence community lends to its victims. We can give victims all the well wishes and support in the world, but unless we give them proper legal care first, and then proper trauma care second, then the system is still a failure. Domestic violence advocacy has been watered down to grant writing, politics, and lots of talking at the victims' expense, while leaving women like Coral no better off than before millions were spent to 'study' this phenomenon.”

A U.S. Marine on the front lines in Iraq wrote this comment in response to Tim King’s article: May 14, 2007 3:15 pm (Pacific time) COMMENT “We receive so many comments from people back in the states 'Thanking us for their freedom.” Well, the thought of some of those people being the ones who put Mrs. Coral through what she has been through makes me ask the question; What the hell are we over here fighting for, so the American Man will have the freedom to do what? Abuse, rape, torture not only strangers but their own wives! And we fight so certain public figures will have to right to protect them. One lady compared the treatment of American women to those of other countries and I can tell you as bad as Iraq and Afghanistan is towards their women (and I have seen them both first hand) I have never heard of a story as bad as this one and because of that it's even sadder. We as a society have the technology to put 'Men on the Moon' but we, as a society can't fix the problem of 'lack of support' for victims of domestic abuse. I will go on patrol tomorrow here in Iraq and risk my life and the lives of my fellow Marines so Mr. Warner and all those supporting him can continue to do what they do! 'Only in America.” Mrs. Coral, keep your head up 'Change is going to come,” 'SEMPER FI'

The U.S. Marine’s profound comment reminded me of the Cheyenne Proverb, “A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its woman are on the ground. Then it is done; no matter how brave its warriors, nor how strong their weapons.”

(To be continued)

Here is the link to part two: Welcome to Oregon: Land of Domestic Abuse Endorsement

This is the original article by Tim King on Coral Theill's plight: Abuse Under the Watch of Oregon's Justice System


Internal Comments are Closed on this story.

Rebecca January 30, 2012 5:38 pm (Pacific time)

Dear Coral, Your story hit home with me. I also lost my children to my mental and sexually abusive ex husband, but in Utah. 12yrs later, my daughter aged out and has been with me ever since. My son turned 18 today but unfortunately is in states custody because of abuse that happened in my ex husbands home. I've done everything in my power to protect my children over the years and lost my visits because of that. I went two and a half years without seeing my kids. I don't know how you've managed, it about killed me not to be with them. It seems as soon as I accepted losing custody then they made it so I couldn't see them. That I could never accept. Now my fight is with this state, and my ex who continues to tell the state I don't deserve unsupervised visits with my son.. I know they will keep my son because he is a special needs child. I just wish we could move on with our lives once and for all, That is all I've ever wanted.... God bless you for sharing your story. Take care. Here's my email: I'm also on facebook

Charlene June 14, 2010 12:41 pm (Pacific time)

justice is not much better in Florida. My child was not taken from me but my injunction against domestic violence was denied, in spite of the evidence. I was raped, physically assaulted, and emotionally/mentally abused for years. My abuser forced me to become pregnant and he proceeded to abuse our child. I finally escaped but I cannot hide due to his property rights towards our son. I also asked to relocate for our safety and so I could start a new, better life. The judge denied my request. I am legally bound to my abuser because he succeeded in impregnating me against my wishes. This is sick, it is wrong, it has to change.

Stone August 23, 2009 2:20 am (Pacific time)

Dear Coral, I wish I could say that I have never heard of any thing that compares to the horrors you have and continue to suffer at the hands of your ex-husband, the controlling B*****D! But I would like to share something my grandmother used to quote to me when times were at there worst 'what you do to the least of mine, you do to me'! and 'whatever harm you cause another will come back on you ten-fold'! Coral those who harm you harm themselves more, they just don't know it yet! The Lord they supposedly worship, is not the Divine Lord God, The Redeemer and the Supreme Lord of Justice for whom all must come before. Your ex should be down on his knee's begging yours and the Lord God's forgiveness now, Come the day of Judgement, it will be too late. also, you are a survivor, HE made you one. Keep up the fight, your reward is coming. Bless and keep you safe.

Coral Anika Theill July 20, 2009 8:27 am (Pacific time)

NEWS ALERT AND UPDATE: Good Morning America and Citizens around the world: When I think my wealthy ex husband, Mr. Marty Warner of Independence, Oregon, has gone to the limit of the definition of obscene and sadistic, he out does himself once again. I am afraid to think of what he will do that could be more low than what he is doing to me today. I have learned a great deal about psychopaths and narcissistic individuals in my research these past many years, especially at one website called: Besides decades of spiritual and ritual abuse, physical and mental abuse, rape and then taking my children from me as a form of punishing me when I divorced him for safety reasons, these past 14 years he has legally stalked and abused me further. He sued me while I have been homeless and disabled, for more child support and brainwashing my children to hate me. Oregon Courts continue to support his abuse. There are few laws to protect women seeking safety. My ex goes one step further today, and his Christian friends, family and church members continue to support him. ***My brother, Donald Alan Hall, was killed in a tragic plane crash in Mammoth Lake, California, July 8th. His girlfriend was also killed too. I learned about this tragedy on July 10th through an email by my brother's former girlfriend. I cared about my brother deeply his entire life. He was my baby brother. His memorial service is this morning at Covenant Christian Community Church, 2630 E. 18th St, The Dalles, Oregon, at 11:00 am. Pastor David will be reading a eulogy I wrote for my brother's service. I cannot legally attend my brother's service. My ex husband, Mr. Marty Warner, will be attending the service, along with my children, who I lost through seeking safety and a divorce 13 years ago. I have lived under a protection program from my ex for 11 years now, because of domestic violence, rape and threats. It would be unsafe and unwise to be at my brother's funeral because for obvious reasons, but the fact that my 2 minor children, who are 14 and 17, will be there, creates legal problems for me. It would be illegal for me to attend my brother's service today. Mr. Warner has custody and I have no visitation privileges, due to the fact I have no monies or attorney and wish no contact with their father. I would be arrested and be in "contempt of court" to be in the vicinity of my children. I have not seen my children for 13 years, after being a nuturing and loving mother for 20 years. Seventy five percent of women seeking safety in America today lose their children in family courts to their abuser. My father, Bobby Ray Hall, who died 25 years ago, I am sure is rolling in his grave today, knowing his daughter cannot attend her brother's funeral. My brother and I were as close as twins, sharing joy, sorrow and tragedies throughout most of our life. Sadly, my brother adopted an extreme form of legalistic fundamental Christianity (he was a born again, spirit filled Christian like my ex) as his religion in his twenties and choose to shun me 6 years ago until now, when I was living out of my car, disabled and destitute. I truly lost my brother 6 years ago. It made me sad that he would not acknowledge me as a fellow human being, but I learned to respect and accept his choice. Christian friends of mine, attempted to confront him about this, but to no avail. I have had no family, due to their support of my abuser, my ex. I missed Don greatly these past years and have always loved him and always will (before he was a Christian and after). I never thought I would live to see a day like today. I am saddened and grieved at the news of my brother's death. If my ex and children were not there at his service, I could have the choice to attend. My ex did not know my brother and my children have only had contact with him a few times in the past 14 years. My brother has attended my daughter's weddings, I have not been invited or welcome. Oprah Winfrey continues to state that "America is the safest place for women in the world." Her statement is false per my experiences these past many decades. This day and event may be unprecedented. I don't know if this has happened before. I cannot digest fully, the events of today as there is nothing built in my psyche to process this. I attended my father's funeral and gave the eulogy. That was healing for me. The individuals who attend my brother's funeral today and are allowed to talk to and see my children will need to ask themselves, someday this question. "Why are they allowed to attend, and his sister was not." I was extremely close to my brother for 46 of his 52 years. I have many questions today and I hope I live into some answers. Writing is a "healing crisis" for me, so I will be using my experiences to date to write news articles for domestic violence month in October. My friends and mentors say, "Coral, something has got to shift, it can't go on this way." After the news of my brother's death last week, I received another blow. My wealthy ex husband was awarded my disability check, due to the fact that I owe him back child support as he sued me when I was homeless, destitute and disabled for double the amount of monies than I could earn. My ex and many of his Christians friends and supporters remind me of the saying, "If you can't be a good example, you will just have to be a horrible warning." I am having these quotes read at my brother's service today as I believe my brother would appreciate these words. HEAVEN A sage asked the Creator to show him Hell. In it were people on both sides of a long table, seated in front of a big pot of stew. Each person had a spoon with a very long handle, such that they could not get any food for themselves. They were perpetually starving. Then he saw Heaven. Same set-up, but the people were feeding each other. ******* "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou I wish Don's and his girlfriend's family and friends peace and comfort during this most difficult time. Respectfully, Coral Anika Theill Author, Advocate and Mother of Lost Children "Comfort the disturbed, disturb the comfortable"

Louise May 15, 2009 4:59 am (Pacific time)

It makes me ill to read about abused mothers whose abusers further assault them by using custody against them. Coral is an example of what an extension of an abuser the legal system can be. What enrages me most is that the abusers don't really care about the children; taking them is a way to cause more pain to the mothers; women they have already hurt so much. I encourage mothers in the same situation to visit the site of Lundy Bancroft, author of "Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men" - particularly his page on Child Custody Justice - here's the url: To you mums whose abusers took your children - you have my utmost compassion. xxxxxx

Coral Anika Theill July 4, 2008 6:40 am (Pacific time)

July 4, 2008 "Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others." ---William Allen White I long to be emancipated from my abusive ex husband, Mr. Marty Warner and Oregon's judicial system that has fully supported him to this day. I want the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

anonymouns June 11, 2008 8:21 pm (Pacific time)

coral are prayers are with you you were a great mentor to me when i was young we sang songs while hiking you were always a great lady be strong this is a very wrong situation that cant go on any longer im family

anoymous June 11, 2008 8:11 pm (Pacific time)

Someday we can all hope that Justice will be heard but it sure feels like that time has passed. We sought but never found Justice in Oregon. I would hope more people would get aggravated and write, call or get involved. It is hard when just a few people are the ones trying to affect change. We found the legal system has many ways to silence those trying to stand up and with no one in power willing to investigate it is overwhelming.

Finally Free June 1, 2008 11:42 am (Pacific time)

I, too have been victimized by ex'es who got away with the unimaginable horrors committed against me. Both of my sons are also victims of brain washing and I have no content with them because of it. My redemption came through God and a few good people but I have a long way to go in some areas. Bringing truth from the back burner up front and center through writing about it has been a redemptive work for myself and others still imprisoned by these legal terrorists who call themselves husbands, fathers, and all around 'good guys'. In Heaven's Court, Justice WILL be heard!

Anonymous April 30, 2008 9:35 am (Pacific time)

I heard about an underground railroad for battered/abused women and children several years ago. I wonder if they are still around.

A Battered Mother April 14, 2008 9:36 pm (Pacific time)

The re-victimization of battered women and children by our family court system rises to the level of the need for an underground railroad.

A Battered Mother in California Who April 12, 2008 1:58 pm (Pacific time)

Everyday I wake up in a nightmare in which I am bound and gagged and prevented from protecting my beloved child from his/her abusive father - by the family court system whose job it is to ensure his/her "best interests."

anonymous April 10, 2008 8:36 pm (Pacific time)

Keep up the good fight Coral and may God be with you.

fed up in oregon February 25, 2008 9:16 pm (Pacific time)

I ran google searches on Abuse, Corruption and limited them to Polk County Oregon. Your story seems to be the normal mode of operation. I sat for a couple hours going from one site to another and reading the same type of story from one person after another. The names are different the crux of the matter is you are one of many facing this. Yet there seems to be no way to stop it. The Attorney General in most states would investigate or the FBI would. These are not options in Oregon. My heart goes out to you and my prayers are with you. The bible says in the end times people would stand in the street and cry for Justice but Justice would be far off.

tossthebumout January 11, 2008 7:16 am (Pacific time)

I hope someday an investigation into Polk County will ensue. It doesn't appear anything ever changes. Our stalker once again was arrested for a felon in possession of a weapon this last week. He shot it off in city limits to scare the people. Although he is on parole for this same crime he only did 6 days and was released. Some criminals are just treated special in Oregon no matter what they do.

fed up in oregon December 29, 2007 8:39 am (Pacific time)

There is another woman named Melanie LeBaron that is also having problems with Polk County. She has several posts online about her situation. I know there are many who have been treated very poorly by the legal system and law enforcement in Polk County. It is suprising they are allowed to continue with no investigations, no recourse, not even a slap on the hand. My family had our lives ruined at the hands of DA Fisher because we made the fatal mistake of begging for help from him and the sheriff. Where do you go when you need help in Polk County? Not to those that are elected to protect you that is for sure. It is sickening.

Anonymous December 19, 2007 9:52 pm (Pacific time)

I saw the letter to the Governor and the Attorney General. I sincerely hope that they respond but please do not hold your breath for them. Several in our community wrote to them both asking for help and they refused to acknowledge or respond. It was regarding Polk County Sheriffs and DA Fisher and what was happening here. By the non response it was taken that they just don't care about the people. Your case is one of many with the same type of situation, it is common in Oregon. Polk County is known as one of the worst state wide. It is very sad that the state could care less. Hopefully because of your book they will at least acknowledge you which is more than most people can get from them. Be extremely careful though the retaliation may be horrendous. It would be nice if Oregon would either do something with its overseeing agencies to make them do their jobs or get rid of them all. They are worthless organizations, people put in complaints that no one will investigate when a judge embarasses witnesses by telling lies in an open full court room about the witness, has court with the prosecutor after the defendant (and Attorney) have left the court and make decisions on cases. It is unconceivable that judges would not follow the law and would legislate from the bench fully ignoring their duties as a judge to uphold law not make up their own. Polk County is in serious need of a full investigation into the entire county and what is happening here. The sad part is no one has listened or gotten involved to make that happen. It is unbelievable that in this day people live in fear of the elected officials in their state, with no one to turn to because the federal government won't respond, the state Governor and Attorney General won't respond so where do you go? Of course they all run unopposed so they will continue to be elected. This year Fisher has opposition - Go Stan Butterfield for DA!!! Good luck to you. All of us that have had to put up with the courts, DA and others will be cheering you on! Maybe you will get somewhere - we all hope. Thank you for speaking out and thanks to Tim King for writing your article. Most of the press refused to write anything about Polk County for fear of retaliation. You go Mr. King and Coral, be the people's hero.

Kerry Ince December 11, 2007 11:35 am (Pacific time)

Coral, I am so sorry for your abuse. I am one of the many mothers who have lost my little girl to an abuser through the corrupt Texas court systems. I don't know how they think that any of these children will make any kind of adult being taught and raised by these types of people. It really makes me sick.

Jennifer in FL December 5, 2007 8:10 pm (Pacific time)

Coral please keep your head up and remain strong. Your story along with many of the others I have heard since being thrust into this world by my abuser, have given me the strength to keep fighting for my child. She is a beautiful 6 year old. She is learning to read in school. She is also learning that lying and cheating and being mean are not what nice people do. Nice people help others, they do not lie, and they do not cheat. Most importantly you do not purposely hurt others. Sadly her father cannot, nor will he ever, teach her that lesson. So in closing Coral, remain strong. Keep sharing with the world so those out there like me can battle our demons and maybe one day one of us will be heard. We can save our children from an unimaginable hell.

Bison Boy December 5, 2007 1:25 pm (Pacific time)

She's not the only one. I know another woman who has suffered a very similar abuse at the hands of her former boyfriend. The Marion County DA has done absolutely nothing to address her rape complaint - they even refused to take her initial report. Her family court experience is less extreme than that in this story, but along similar lines. I have names, dates, and access to some supporting documentation, and I would love to see her rapist brought to justice. If the reporter is interested in her story, please contact me at and I can arrange something.

Neal Feldman November 29, 2007 9:43 pm (Pacific time)

The 'family courts' and their jackbooted thug arm Gestapo CPS are completely corrupt and rotten to the core. Any good they do is countered 100-1000 times by the harm/evil/wrong that they do. These agencies and extra-hydicial 'court' system should be abolished. But there are so many loony nitwits supporting all this 'for the children'. They want to make me hork all over them. Ah well...

J. Wright November 29, 2007 12:06 pm (Pacific time)

I have followed Coral's story for the past two years and this same story is repeated in so many states in our country, nothing short of a Federal intervention is warranted. Coral, thank you for giving a voice to those of us who have remained unheard. Your courage gives me strength.

Tim King November 28, 2007 2:47 pm (Pacific time)

I personally called the Governor's Office and the Attorney General's Office today to advise them of the existence of this extremely important piece from Coral.

Both Ted Kulongoski and Hardy Myers are good men with big hearts, I have interviewed each of them many times and I have spent time with the Governor flying over disastrous wildfires, we've even spent time together in the war theater of Afghanistan where Oregon troops were serving. I trust that people in their respective offices will alert them to this special plea from Coral. It is ridiculous that anyone in this state allowed this to go on at all, but it is not out of line to think that it can still be straightened out.

There is a rumor that this story is being examined for a documentary as well, and a movie. I hope the powers to be do the right thing and make justice prevail before it becomes an embarrassment for all Oregonians.

Matt Johnson November 28, 2007 9:47 am (Pacific time)

Coral, This is an amazingly sad story that no woman in any decent society should have to suffer. Indecency seems prominent in Polk County, Oregon. Mr. Warner needs to be fully investigated, and I have a feeling you will see this happen.

Jan Kurth November 28, 2007 8:45 am (Pacific time)

Coral, You have amazing courage. I got my daughter back from a chronically unemployed abuser. But it took 11 long years. Fortunately, he is now on the state's maltreatment and abuse list, after a CPS investigation. But why did it take this long?

Gene Deutscher November 28, 2007 7:30 am (Pacific time)

Is ethical leadership in the vocabularly of the Governor's office and the office of the Attorney General ?

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