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Sexual Abuse Lawyers in North Carolina

Providing Compassionate Victim Advocacy Since 1997

Sexual abuse and assault are never acceptable. At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we are proud to represent victims of sexual abuse in civil proceedings. Separate from any criminal action against an abuser, civil proceedings allow victims to seek financial compensation from the perpetrator for the damages they have suffered.

Our North Carolina sexual abuse attorneys understand that no amount of financial recovery can ever undo the immense suffering you have endured. However, by taking action against the abuser, you can potentially obtain fair compensation for any medical bills you incurred as a result of the abuse/attack, as well as for pain and suffering and emotional trauma.

Perhaps most importantly, a civil sexual abuse claim can provide you with a much-needed sense of justice and help prevent similar acts from occurring in the future.

If you or someone you love was the victim of sexual abuse, reach out to Lanier Law Group, P.A. We offer free, confidential consultations during which we can discuss your legal rights and options. Our attorneys and staff understand what you have been through, as well as the challenges you still face.

We are here to provide compassionate, personalized, and attentive legal services every step of the way. During legal proceedings, we will remain your staunch and aggressive advocate from start to finish.

Call (855) 757-4204 or submit an online contact form to get started.

What Is Sexual Abuse?

In North Carolina, sexual abuse and assault are crimes punishable by jail or prison time, fines, mandatory sex offender registration, and other penalties. The law clearly defines sexual abuse as any sexual act performed against another person without his or her consent.

This ranges from inappropriate touching to child molestation to rape. In addition to criminal penalties, abusers can also face civil legal action and be forced to pay—literally—for their crimes.

Some examples of sexual abuse include:

  • Inappropriate touching: This includes things like fondling, groping, or touching another person in a sexual manner against his or her will.
  • Sexual harassment: Unwanted sexual comments, advances, touching, and indirect actions leading to a hostile work environment can all be considered sexual harassment.
  • Molestation/child molestation: This involves sexual advances/touching; child molestation in North Carolina is defined as engaging in sexual activity with a minor under the age of 14.
  • Sexual assault: In North Carolina, anyone who engages in sexual activity with another person through force (including the use of a deadly weapon) or the threat of force has committed sexual assault.
  • Sexual battery: Making sexual contact with another person through force/threat of force, by using a deadly weapon, or when the victim is mentally disabled is considered sexual battery.
  • Rape: North Carolina law still defines rape as sexual intercourse without the consent of the other person; this includes when the victim is unable to give consent.
  • Statutory rape: Sexual intercourse without consent when the victim is under the age of 16 is considered statutory rape, though some exceptions to the law may apply.
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Put an Experienced Advocate in Your Corner

The idea of standing up to your abuser may be intimidating or even downright frightening. At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we understand this. When you put our experienced, aggressive, and powerful North Carolina sexual abuse attorneys on your side, you have an entire team of dedicated advocates fighting for you.

Our goal is to make sure you feel safe and secure with our team, as well as confident in our attorneys’ ability to effectively protect your rights and help you secure rightful compensation for your damages. Most of all, we strive to help our clients rebuild their lives so they can continue in the healing process.

Furthermore, our commitment to sexual abuse survivors goes beyond our legal work. We are regularly involved in community efforts to raise awareness about the unfortunate commonality of sexual assault in our society. For instance, we are a proud sponsor of CHILD USA’s 4th Annual Awards Ceremony.

As the leading nonprofit organization advocating against child abuse in the United States, CHILD USA combines research and legal analysis to design effective public policy to mitigate and end child abuse.

With multiple offices located throughout North Carolina, including Asheville, Raleigh, and Charlotte, Lanier Law Group, P.A. is ready to serve you. We offer contingency fee services, meaning there are no upfront costs for you, and in the event that we do not recover compensation in your case, you do not owe us a dime.

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We Fight for Our Clients

*Featured Case Results, Settlements, & Trial Wins From Our Attorneys
  • $5.95 Million Permanent Brain Failure

    Our client had a brick fly off of a utility trailer and go through their windshield and hit her on the face.

  • $4.8 Million Settlement

    A case with multiple plaintiffs who were potentially exposed to a deadly disease while in the hospital.

  • $4.3 Million Head-On Collision

    Personal injury litigation settlement for a client who was involved in a head-on collision with a commercial tractor-trailer.

  • $3.1 Million Birth Injury/Hypoxic Brain Injury

    The OB doctor’s negligence caused a delay in the baby’s birth which resulted in the baby suffering of a severe hypoxic brain injury.

  • $1.8 Million Litigation Settlement

    Our client was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a meat truck.

  • $1.375 Million Medication Overdose/Hospital Negligence

    Our client died following an overdose of medication that occurred as a result of the negligence of the nursery staff while they were in the hospital.

We Never Back Down From a Fight

Featured Reviews, Testimonials & Results
    "20 out of 10 stars."
    There are times in your life you are so hurt and feel life has a grudge against you. Nothing in your life is going right. I lost the most important person in my life to death, of which I knew mistakes were made because I witnessed it with my own eyes. When you contact a law group you most of the time get all business and a matter of fact conversation. I want all to know that from the first phone call they listened to my lengthy story, sobbing most of the time with so much compassion. They never made any promises but offered assurances that no stone would be unturned. They fulfilled every word they said. They restored faith that I had lost. Until you are in a position like mine you can never know how invaluable Lanier Law Group is. They were wonderful while maintaining their professionalism. They treated me like a family member. They really do care about their clients. But most of all they are the best at what they do. I worked in the court system for years so I knew how attorneys and law firms basically operated. Understanding the law and it's interpretation is the ultimate key to winning any case. Also know that if an attorney/attorneys study and review your case and know that you don't have a chance in a court of law and are big enough to tell you that instead of giving you false hope, you then my friend have a group with valuable shared values. I have so much respect for everyone in this Law Group. I recommend Lanier Law Group, P.A. to anyone who needs representation, they are in your corner. 20 out of 10 stars.
    - Diane W.
    "Lanier Law Group will always be the choice for me and all my family members"
    I started working with Lanier Law Group in 2020 on my Social Security Disability case. They from start to finish were awesome. My case manager Janet Hanks and attorney, Ashley Sappenfield were always available to answer all my questions. I did not have to do much but sit back and let them handle whatever was needed. My case took too long (2 years) and if I did not have Janet and Ashley My case would still not be approved. I would recommend Lanier to anyone to get the job done and approved. Do not go to another firm with your case, who promise the world and do not see it to completion and do not think another firms would have worked as hard as they did on my case. Lanier Law Group will always be the choice for me and all my family members to handle any cases of this type and other legal services they provide. They went above and beyond!
    - Phillip J.
    "So thankful for your expertise and professionalism"
    Mrs. Gonzalez did an awesome job of explaining everything in detail and keeping me informed on the status of my case. Despite poor customer service with the insurance company, Mrs. Gonzalez was able to fix what they could not. Mrs. Gonzalez was very helpful with helping me understand things that I was not aware of when dealing with insurance claims. I am so thankful for her expertise and professionalism.
    - Mario H.
    "Always ready to answer any questions I may have"
    The staff kept me well informed in a more than timely manner and was always ready to answer any questions I may have.
    - Timothy M.
    "The Lanier Law Group provided excellent customer service!"
    The Lanier Law Group provided excellent customer service! My main contact was Denise.
    - Malinda P.
    "Great experience"
    Great experience. Tish was very helpful as my case progressed and explained all of the steps to me, leaving me with very few questions. Shea was also very helpful during the negotiation process.
    - Nyesha B.

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