Irwin Tardy & Morris

Compassionate Advocacy for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

We realize that sexual abuse is a difficult subject to discuss. However, you will not know the strength of your case until you have spoken with one of our experienced attorneys. We provide no-cost consultations to evaluate your claim. Our experienced attorneys have won huge recoveries for those who have suffered the trauma of sexual abuse. We compassionately represent you in all stages of your case and will fight for the resolution that you deserve.

All of our consultations are kept in strict confidence. We can help you determine if bringing a civil lawsuit against the abuser is the proper course to take. Please be aware that there is a time period in which you must either file suit or lose your right to recover for the abuse that you have endured. Contact us as soon as possible for an evaluation of your case.

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Sexual Abuse Cases

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Frequently Asked Questions about Sexual Abuse Cases

1. Who can bring a lawsuit in Maine for sexual abuse?

Anyone can bring a lawsuit if another person has sexually abused them.

2. What is sexual abuse?

There is no single good definition for sexual abuse. Whether an act will be considered sexual abuse depends upon the circumstances under which the abuse occurred and the age or condition of the persons involved.

3. Does the sexual touching have to be nonconsensual to be considered abuse?

In most cases a plaintiff will have to establish that they did not consent to the sexual contact to prevail in a case for sexual abuse. However, certain people are protected from any sexual touching whether or not they consented and whether or not the touching was welcomed.

Also, healthcare providers are prohibited from engaging in sexual contact with patients during the time of treatment. Some providers are also prohibited from engaging in any type of sexual contact with a patient even after treatment has ended.

4. Can someone besides the perpetrator be sued for sexual abuse?

Yes, if for example the abuse involved sexual harassment in the workplace, the employer may be held responsible if a supervisor or even a co-worker perpetrated the abuse.

5. What if the sexual abuse is perpetrated by a member of the same sex?

It does not matter. A lawsuit may be brought, even if the sexual abuse is by a member of the same sex.

6. How long do I have to bring a case for sexual abuse?

The time period for bringing a lawsuit depends on many factors and requires a legal analysis based on the facts in each case. Maine law provides that there is no limitation on the time to bring a claim alleging abuse perpetrated on a child, even if the victim is now an adult, but certain exceptions may apply. Never assume that you cannot bring a lawsuit against a perpetrator without first talking with a qualified attorney.

7. What damages may I recover if I have been sexually abused?

If you have been sexually abused, you may be entitled to recover damages for past and future medical and mental health treatment, past and future wage loss, damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress, and in many cases punitive damages (damages intended to punish the perpetrator).

8. Do I need an attorney to bring a sexual abuse case?

While a private citizen may bring a legal action against his/her perpetrator – almost all sexual abuse cases require the skill of an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. This is a complex area of the law and an attorney should be chosen who is clearly well versed in this specific area of litigation. It is equally important to choose an attorney that understands the serious psychological consequences that frequently follow sexual abuse.

9. Will my sexual abuse case settle out of court?

We are prepared to bring every case to trial because we believe that a well-prepared case is the best incentive for a defendant to settle. As a result, even though we prepare each case to go to trial, most sexual abuse cases settle out of court.

Irwin Tardy & Morris Locations


183 Middle Street
P.O. Box 7030
Portland, Maine 04112
Phone: 207.772.0303


159 Main Street
PO Box 476
Newport, Maine 04953
Phone: 207.368.2828


104 Sewall Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207.368.2828

New Gloucester
(Pineland - Auburn Hall)

60 Pineland Drive, Suite 202
New Gloucester, ME 04260
Phone: 207.725.0000

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