Authority figures – like teachers, coaches, school staff, or youth group leaders—can be people our children look up to, and they can have a great impact on their lives—good or bad.

Appallingly, sometimes an authority figure takes advantage of bonds of trust, friendship and perhaps even love, and uses them as emotional levers to manipulate a relationship in an inappropriate sexual direction. When an adult has a position of trust and authority over a minor, and exploits that trust and power through sexually abusive acts, our attorneys will help victims and their families understand their rights, we will speak on their behalf and we will hold wrongdoers accountable.

In working with victims of sexual abuse, our attorneys are well aware of the intensely sensitive nature of any sexual abuse case – both for the victim and their family.  The fact that the abuse occurred is terrible. What happens after the abuse is discovered will also have a lasting impact. We understand that when a minor is involved there is added importance in us doing everything we can to protect them and minimize the negative impact that the legal process and public scrutiny can have. This is why our attorneys will step-in to advise families on the legal process, peruse civil legal action against perpetrators and institutions on their behalf, and help manage the media attention that can sometimes be overwhelming.

Civil Claims Against a Teacher or other Authority Figure

Our attorneys will work in tandem with criminal investigators and prosecutors to obtain a civil judgment against the perpetrator.  Although money cannot undo the harm, it is a way of holding wrongdoers accountable and is also part of the acknowledgment of the pain that the victim has suffered and the impact the perpetrator’s actions have had on their life.

Claims Against Schools and other Institutions

If a school or other institution negligently hired or failed to properly supervise a teacher or other employee, a claim can also be filed against them. By pursuing a claim against the school or institution, you do a service to future children that will be placed in that environment in the future.

We are here to listen, advise and advocate for your child and your family.

You can call 1-888-377-8900 or click here now to contact attorney Lindsay Lien Rinholen or any member of our legal team. The consultation is always free and you will never pay anything unless we successfully collect for you. Lindsay practices in Minnesota and Wisconsin and we make house-calls.