Advice For Parent Sexual Abuse Claims

This guide discusses how you can make a claim for compensation for harm caused by parent sexual abuse. These kinds of sexual abuse claims can be made in various different ways, and we will look at the different channels that could be appropriate in your circumstances.

Parent sexual abuse claims

Parent sexual abuse claims guide

Sexual abuse can cause physical and psychological harm. This harm can last for years, and someone who was abused as a child could still experience long-term effects as an adult. It is possible to make a claim for historical abuse, and this guide will explain how.

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  1. Parent Sexual Abuse – How to Claim
  2. How Do I Make a CICA Claim?
  3. Parent Sexual Abuse – Potential Compensation Amounts
  4. CICA Claim – What Evidence Will I Need?
  5. How to Make a No Win No Fee Criminal Injury Claim
  6. Learn More About Claiming For Parent Sexual Abuse

Parent Sexual Abuse – How to Claim

Child sexual abuse is where an adult incites a child to take part in sexual activity. The child may not know what is happening or understand that the abuse is wrong. Sexual offences, including those against children, are outlined in the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children outline two different forms of child sexual abuse. These are referred to as contact and non-contact abuse.

Contact abuse is where an adult makes physical contact with a child when they abuse them. For example, they may touch a child’s body part sexually over or under clothing. Forcing a child to have sexual contact with someone else is also classed as contact sexual abuse.

Non-contact abuse is where a child is the victim of abuse without the perpetrator touching them. For example, it could include an adult exposing themselves to a child, forcing them to take part in sexual conversations online or exposing them to sexual acts.

It may be possible to sue a parent who has the necessary financial means to pay compensation if that applies. In cases where the perpetrator of child sexual abuse is not identified or does not have the funds available to pay compensation to the victim, a claim could be made through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) We will look at this in closer detail in the next section.

For further guidance on when claims for parent sexual abuse could be made, speak with one of our advisors today.

How Do I Make a CICA Claim?

The CICA can pay compensation to victims directly impacted by violent crime in England, Scotland and Wales or other relevant places. The definition of a crime of violence can be found under Annex B of the CICA Compensation Scheme.

In order for you to claim compensation through the CICA, you need to have reported the crime to the police. This should usually be straight after the incident occurs, but if extenuating circumstances stopped you from being able to do so, then your claim could still be considered.

There’s no legal requirement for you to have a lawyer work on your claim. However, you may find the process easier if you work with a legal representative. Speak with an advisor today to see if one of the sexual abuse solicitors from our panel could help you with a parent sexual abuse claim.

Parent Sexual Abuse – Potential Compensation Amounts

The CICA has a tariff of injuries that can be used to value compensation in criminal injury cases when assigning a value to payment for your injuries. Rather than providing information on the average payout, which may not be useful to you, we have included an excerpt of these tariff amounts below:

Type of Sexual Offence To A Child Under 18 CICA Tariff Award AmountNotes
Non-consensual penetration of the mouth, anus or vagina with a penis £44,000Causing serious injuries inside the body, and a severe and permanently disabling mental injury confirmed with diagnosis.
Non-consensual penetration of the mouth, anus or vagina with a penis £33,000 Causing serious injuries inside the body, and a moderate and permanently disabling mental injury confirmed with diagnosis.
Non-consensual penetration of the mouth, anus or vagina with a penis £27,000 Causing a severe and permanently disabling mental injury confirmed with diagnosis.
Non-consensual penetration of the mouth, anus or vagina with a penis £22,000 Causing a moderate and permanently disabling mental injury confirmed with diagnosis.
Non-consensual penetration of the mouth, anus or vagina with a penis £22,000 Causing serious bodily injuries
Sexual assault £27,000One or more cases of penetration without a penis or oral-genital acts, causing severe and permanently disabling mental illness.
Sexual assault £22,000One or more cases of penetration without a penis or oral-genital acts, causing moderate and permanently disabling mental illness.
Sexual assault £22,000One or more cases of penetration without a penis or oral-genital acts, causing serious internal bodily injuries
Sexual assault £8,200One or more cases of penetration without a penis or oral-genital acts over a period of 3 or more years
Sexual assault £6,600One or more cases of penetration without a penis or oral-genital acts over a period of up to 3 years

As part of your CICA claim, you may be entitled to compensation called special expenses. This is compensation awarded to reimburse you for any reasonable, necessary expenses incurred as a direct result of the crime of violence. It could include compensation to cover:

  • Any property or equipment damaged in the assault that you rely upon physically, such as walking sticks, dentures or spectacles
  • The need for equipment like specially adapted vehicles, wheelchairs, walking aids and kitchen implements proved necessary.
  • Adaptation to your property (like ramps or stair lifts)

It can also be possible to claim for loss of earnings. You would need to show that you were employed at the time of the incident and for 3 years prior or that you had a good reason for a lack of employment (such as being in full-time education or acting as a carer).

CICA Claim – What Evidence Will I Need?

In order to make a claim through the CICA, you need to provide the following to the CICA:

  • A crime reference number to show that you reported the incident.
  • Medical evidence
  • Proof that you meet the requirements for residency when claiming through the CICA.

The CICA will be able to liaise with the police to confirm factors such as whether or not you have any unspent criminal convictions that could impact your claim or whether you cooperated with the police. These factors could see your award being reduced or withheld altogether.

There is typically a 2-year time limit to starting a claim through the CICA. This starts from the date the assault was reported to the police, which is usually immediately afterwards. However, if exceptional circumstances prevented you from reporting the incident straight away then your claim could be considered. Similarly, if exceptional circumstances prevented you from beginning your claim within two years, then your claim still could be considered.

If you were under 18 when the abuse happened, then the time limits can be slightly different. They could be as follows:

  • If the incident was reported to the police. You have 2 years from your 18th birthday to begin your own claim, provided one was not made for you as a child.
  • If the incident was not reported to the police. You have 2 years from the incident being reported to the police to start a claim.

For more information on claiming for parent sexual abuse, speak with one of our advisors today. If you have a valid claim, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee lawyer from our panel.

How to Make a No Win No Fee Criminal Injury Claim

Legal representation can help in criminal injury parent sexual abuse claims. Solicitors who offer a kind of No Win No Fee agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement can provide this help at a much reduced financial risk to you. Under this kind of agreement, you won’t be expected to pay large legal fees to your lawyer without a guarantee of being compensated at the end of the process.

With a Conditional Fee Agreement in place, you generally don’t pay your lawyer up front or as the claim progresses. Usually, you won’t pay them in the event of an unsuccessful claim, either.

If you are awarded a settlement, then a legally capped fee will be deducted from your settlement. The legal cap that applies to this fee means that you will not be overcharged.

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You can start your claim for parent sexual abuse with the help of a No Win No Fee solicitor today. Speak to our team for a free, no-obligation assessment by:

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Learn More About Claiming For Parent Sexual Abuse

The links below could help anyone who is looking to launch a claim for parent sexual abuse:

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If you have any more questions about parent sexual abuse claims, please get in touch.

Writer Jeff Whistleton 

Publisher Fern Scrimshaw