UNCSA Sex Abuse Lawsuits

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Sexual Abuse Attorneys

Representing Survivors in UNCSA Sex Abuse Lawsuits

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA or simply NCSA) draws students from across the country, touting its status as the very first public arts conservatory in the United States. Sadly, however, this top-ranked arts school is facing seven lawsuits and a class action lawsuit alleging childhood sexual abuse suffered by high school aged children attending the school.

If you or a loved one was sexually abused by a UNCSA faculty member, you may have a chance to hold that faculty member accountable for the trauma they caused. Further, UNCSA can be held liable for its failure to protect its students from sexual abusers.

At Lanier Law Group, our attorneys are very proud to help survivors step forward. We are currently investigating claims involving sexual abuse at UNCSA. Since 1997, we have stood up for survivors and fought to recover full and fair compensation for their damages. This financial support can help survivors heal, such as by affording them medical care, therapy, or counseling and by paying them back for pain and suffering, emotional distress, etc.

Our compassionate UNCSA sex abuse attorneys are here when you need us. Call 888-682-2111 for a free consultation. There are no fees unless we win!

Who Can File a UNCSA Sex Abuse Lawsuit?

Anyone who has been sexually abused while attending UNCSA may qualify to file a sex abuse lawsuit against their abuser and UNCSA itself. The university has an obligation to protect its students, especially considering allegations of sexual abuse go back decades.

Where Are You Filing Claims?

Lanier Law Group and Gloria Allred have filed lawsuits in state court as well as with the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC), the government agency that oversees all state-owned institutions. This agency has the power to investigate claims and award compensation to the survivors of sexual abuse. We have taken this extraordinary step to ensure survivors’ stories are heard by those who oversee UNCSA. Our firm is now responsible for the first class action suit brought to the NCIC.

Joining the Class Action

Because so many survivors have come forward, we recently filed a certification to designate this lawsuit a class action. This means anyone who was sexually abused or assaulted at UNCSA and is still within the statute of limitations has the right to recover compensation. This includes those who are not comfortable making their claims public. It also means, as more allegations become public, people who decide they want to share their stories can join the lawsuit. We hope seeing the number of complaints will help survivors who have kept their experiences quiet.

No matter which group you are a part of, we invite you to come speak with us in a free and confidential consultation. We are doing everything we can to make sure all survivors can receive justice. Our lawyers can explain more about how class actions work and how you can join without making your name or accusations part of the public record.

The Law Protects Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and Assault

SB 199, the SAFE Child Act, expanded the rights of sex abuse survivors in North Carolina.

For starters, the statute of limitations for these cases is now 10 years after the survivor’s 18th birthday, or until their 28th birthday. And, if a survivor was barred from filing a claim due to the previous statute of limitations, a “Claw Back” window has now opened for them. This simply means that these survivors have been given another chance at filing a claim. This provision of the SAFE Child Act expires on December 31, 2021, however. That means that adults who allege they were a victim of sexual abuse as a child must file their lawsuit in North Carolina no later than December 31, 2021.

The SAFE Child Act Expands the Definition of Sex Abuse

If you were barred from filing a claim due to the previous law’s limited definition of sexual abuse, this may no longer be the case under the SAFE Child Act. Survivors also have more latitude to show what happened to them was abuse rather than consensual activity.

Per the SAFE Child Act, the definition of sex abuse has been expanded to include acts committed with a person who revoked their consent or was mentally incapacitated. Moreover, it no longer matters whether the person became mentally incapacitated due to their own actions (e.g. willingly drinking or taking drugs); previously, the law only considered a sex act with a mentally incapacitated person abuse if the person did not voluntarily cause their incapacitation. If a lawyer previously advised you against filing a case because they did not believe your claims were strong enough, we want to hear your story and help you join our lawsuit.

Our Compassionate Trial Lawyers Are Here for You

The trial lawyers at Lanier Law Group understand that speaking up about abuse can be difficult, but you do not have to do it alone. Our practice is heavily informed by compassion and empathy, as evidenced by our client-oriented, individualized approach to legal counsel. We are proud to elevate the voices of survivors, taking care to ensure that they feel safe and secure with our team. And if we don’t win your case, you will not owe us a single cent.

If you have information about this case or you are a victim and need our help, please call 888-682-2111 to be connected immediately to the legal team working on the NCSA lawsuits.

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