Sexual Assault & Harassment

Abernethy Law is passionate about vindicating the rights of sexual assault and harassment victims.  Whether you were sexually assaulted at work, on campus, by police or in another setting, we want to help you get justice.

Assault In The Workplace

If you were sexually assaulted at work, Abernethy Law can help you seek redress from your attacker(s) and your employer.  Federal courts have held that even a single incident of sexual assault committed by a manager or supervisor can create a hostile work environment that is actionable under Title VII.  In addition, you may have a State cause of action for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress or False Imprisonment.

Abernethy Law can assist you in understanding your legal rights and taking action to protect your livelihood.

Campus Sexual Assault

The statistics are disturbing:  A study conducted by the American Association of Universities and published in September 2015 found that 23.1% of undergraduate college women experience sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation during their college career.  Colleges and Universities have traditionally protected the rapist, rather than the victim, and have required victims to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that they were raped just to avoid having to see their rapist on campus anymore.

Further, instead of changing this statistic, the Trump Administration has rescinded victim-friendly administrative guidance issued in 2011, claiming that it needs to further study the issue.  There can be no doubt that the Trump Administration intends to take action to protect rapists from educational disciplinary procedures.

Abernethy Law is committed to eradicating the hunting grounds that exist on our college campuses one client at a time.  If you have recently reported a sexual assault to your college or university, you need an advocate to help you navigate the processes and procedures to which your institution will subject you before it takes action.

Revenge Porn & Online Harassment

In March 2017, several Chicago teenagers live-streamed the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl using Facebook Live.  The Rob Kardashian/ Blac Chyna revenge porn case has been making headlines online and in print.

Now that everyone has a video camera in their pocket, career criminals and jilted ex-boyfriends alike have the opportunity to humiliate and harass using streaming video, social media and the internet.  Although North Carolina has made the disclosure of private images a Class H felony, the criminal conviction of the perpetrator is often not sufficient to compensate the victim for her loss of reputation and emotional distress.

If you have been the victim of revenge porn or online sexual harassment and would like to seek compensation from your harasser in civil court, Abernethy Law can help.  Please call us today to arrange a confidential consultation.