North Carolina Youth Organization Sexual Abuse Lawyers


New Hanover County Schools

$140 Million

$140 Million-plus default judgement against teacher-predator who abused his male students over 20 years in New Hanover County Schools

New Hanover County Schools

$5.75 Million

$5.75 Million settlement with New Hanover County Schools for sexual abuse of teacher on 14 of his students

Guilford County Board of Education

$3 Million

$3 Million settlement with Guilford County Board of Education for sexual abuse of teacher’s assistants on two female high school students

Powerful Representation for Victims of Sexual Abuse

Youth organizations play a vital role in shaping the lives of children, providing them with opportunities for growth, learning, and positive development. Unfortunately, these organizations are not exempt from wrongdoing and instances of sexual abuse. It’s not uncommon for child sexual predators to join these types of organizations, exploiting their positions of trust and authority to prey on vulnerable children and adolescents.

The North Carolina youth organization sexual abuse lawyers at Rhine Law Firm, P.C. are deeply committed to ensuring that perpetrators of youth organization sexual abuse are held accountable for their actions to the highest degree. We understand the immense harm and trauma inflicted by such abuses on children, and we are relentless in our pursuit of justice and compensation for those who have suffered.

Types of Youth Organization Sexual Abuse Cases

Sadly, sexual abuse tragically infiltrates various youth organizations, tarnishing spaces where safety and security should be a given. Within these environments, instances of abuse can occur across a spectrum of organizations including:

  • Scouting Programs
  • Municipal or Private Youth Sports Organizations
  • Clubs
  • Academic Institutions
  • Church Youth Groups
  • After School Care Groups

Perpetrators of such abuse may include coaches, teachers, scout leaders, staff, or other administrators. While many adults who work with children in youth groups do so with altruistic intentions, some exploit these environments for their own harmful agendas. It is essential to know and recognize the signs of abuse and to take appropriate action to report and address it when it is discovered.

What You Need to Know About Sexual Abuse Laws in North Carolina

Youth organizations have a legal duty to create and maintain safe environments for all members. This includes implementing policies to prevent sexual abuse, such as conducting thorough background checks on staff, providing training on recognizing and reporting abuse, and establishing protocols for responding to allegations of misconduct. If they fail to fulfill these obligations, they can be held legally responsible.

In 2019, the North Carolina General Assembly passed S.B. 199, extending the statute of limitations for filing civil lawsuits related to childhood sexual abuse. This extension acknowledges the very real and harrowing challenges survivors face in coming forward and offers them more time to take steps to seek justice. However, it is crucial to act fast, as the protection has limitations. Under the SAFE Act, childhood victims of sexual abuse have until their 28th birthday to file a civil lawsuit for sexual abuse.

Survivors must seek legal guidance and support as soon as possible to ensure that their rights are protected, and that they can seek the justice and accountability they deserve.

Seeking Compensation and Damages for Survivors

When a child falls victim to sexual abuse within a youth organization, seeking compensation becomes a critical aspect of their recovery journey. The trauma inflicted by such heinous acts can have long-lasting consequences, affecting a victim’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.

In a civil lawsuit, victims may be able to seek compensation for the following damages:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Therapy Costs
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

In some cases, the damages handed down in court are also designed to dissuade the defendant from similar conduct in the future (like requiring them to do or not do something). If a criminal lawsuit is brought on by the government, the abuser may also face hefty fines and jail time.

To get a more thorough understanding of the types of damages you or your child may be entitled to, we recommend reviewing your case with one of our experienced attorneys at our North Carolina firm.

How Rhine Law Firm Can Help with Your Youth Group Abuse Case

If you or your child has been a victim of youth organization sexual abuse, consider filing a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator and/or the organization responsible for allowing the abuse to occur.

 Here is how we can assist you:

  • Evaluate your case: We will carefully assess your situation to determine if you have a valid claim against the individual(s) responsible and the organization involved. This includes assessing whether your claim is valid under NC’s statute of limitations.
  • Investigate the abuse: Our team will conduct a thorough investigation to gather evidence and support your claim.
  • Negotiate for a fair settlement: We will advocate on your behalf in negotiations with the defendants and their insurance companies to secure a fair settlement that compensates you for the harm you have suffered.
  • Representation in court: If necessary, we are prepared to represent you in court proceedings to pursue the maximum compensation available under the law.

We understand how daunting it can be to come forward and seek help, especially for children who have been subjected to abuse. Many survivors may remain silent out of fear of repercussions or feelings of shame. We make sure to provide survivors with a safe and supportive environment where they can share their experiences and voice their concerns.

Why Choose Rhine Law Firm for Youth Organization Sexual Abuse Cases?

Choosing Rhine Law Firm for Youth Organization Sexual Abuse Cases means prioritizing the needs and wellbeing of our clients above all else. Our legal team works tirelessly to ensure that survivors receive the care, attention, and representation they deserve.

With extensive experience and specialized knowledge in youth organization sexual abuse cases, we are dedicated to putting an end to the cycle of abuse within youth organizations. A reputable personal injury attorney at Rhine Law Firm, P.C., will take every measure to hold all responsible parties accountable for their actions or lack thereof, which may have contributed to the injuries suffered by your loved one.

But you don’t have to just take our word for it. In one recent case, we recovered $5.75 million in a settlement that occurred against The New Hanover County Board of Education arising from sexual abuse and exploitation committed by a former teacher. (This result is an example, not representative.)

Contact an Experienced North Carolina Youth Organizational Sexual Abuse Lawyer

If you or someone you love suffered sexual abuse by a member of a youth organization, know that you have rights. At Rhine Law Firm, P.C., we represent victims of institutional sex abuse take legal action against individual perpetrators and negligent organizations. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for compassionate and experienced legal advice. Your voice matters, and we are here to help you and your family secure the compensation you need to heal.

To schedule a free consultation, call (910) 772-9960 today or visit our Wilmington Office for a confidential discussion of your case.

Cases We Pursue

If you are considering filing a civil lawsuit against a sexual abuser, you should speak with a institutional sexual abuse lawyer to discuss your rights. The compassionate legal team at Rhine Law Firm, P.C. are dedicated to the representation of victims of sexual abuse and assualt. For a free and confidential consultation with experienced attorneys, call (910) 772-9960 today.

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