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.
(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
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
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.
At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we understand the law and know how to pursue
sexual abuse and assault cases. In fact, our firm has earned a reputation
for having handled more sexual abuse cases than any other injury law firm
in North Carolina. Our founding attorney,
Lisa Lanier, has obtained a
seven-figure settlement in a sexual abuse case against a local university. We are not afraid to
take on large, powerful defendants and their attorneys.
Understanding & Protecting Your Rights
Sexual abuse and assault can be a one-time violent event, a long-term abusive
situation, or anything in between. In most cases, it is immensely traumatic
and leaves victims feeling powerless. If you are the victim of sexual
abuse or assault, know that you have rights.
Among these is the right to file a civil lawsuit against your abuser/attacker.
Additionally, if another party acted negligently and this led to the abuse
or assault, you may be able to take legal action against that party as well.
Some examples of this include:
If an individual is attacked in a dark parking lot at a shopping mall where
there was little lighting and no on-duty security guards despite a history
of crime in the area, the victim may pursue a claim against the owner/operator
of the parking lot/mall for
- If a student is walking back to their dorm and is sexually assaulted on
campus, he/she may be able to prove that the university was negligent
in protecting its students from acts of sexual assault.
If an elderly individual with mental disabilities is repeatedly sexually
abused by a caretaker at
their nursing home, family members may take action against the abuser and/or the nursing
home if the facility was negligent.
These represent just some examples of how sexual abuse and assault can
take place and who may be liable. The best thing you can do after reporting
the abuse/attack to local law enforcement is to reach out to an attorney
who can help you understand your rights and ensure they are protected.
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
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.
Contact us online or call
(855) 757-4204 to request your free initial consultation. Se habla español.