In this guide, we look at some examples of sexual abuse that could form the basis of a claim. We will look at the eligibility and evidence requirements through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
Payouts for successful claims made through the CICA will come from the tariff of injuries. We look at some examples of these for sexual abuse. We’ll also explore what else could be included within a payout.
To bring our guide to a conclusion, we explore the possibility of acquiring the services of a No Win No Fee solicitor to support your claim. We’ll examine the advantages of having legal representation as well as explain what a No Win No Fee arrangement means.
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- What Are Examples Of Sexual Abuse?
- When Are You Eligible To Make A Sexual Abuse Claim Through The CICA?
- Potential Compensation From Historic Sexual Abuse Claims
- What Do You Need To Make CICA Claims?
- Our Panel Of Solicitors Could Help You Seek Sexual Abuse Compensation On A No Win No Fee Basis
- Learn More About Examples Of Sexual Abuse
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 is the key legislation defining sexual offences. Examples include:
- Sexual assault, including assault by penetration
- Child sex offences
Should you experience any of the above, you might be eligible to make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) for sexual abuse compensation; this includes historic sexual abuse, which is abuse that someone who is now an adult experienced as a child. This could take into account any long-term effects of sexual abuse you have suffered.
The CICA is a government agency. They award compensation to victims of violent crime for their suffering.
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When making a CICA claim, certain eligibility criteria need to be met. Firstly, the crime must have been reported to the police. However, a prosecution is not necessary to start a CICA claim.
Additionally, you must have suffered due to the crime of violence. Examples of sexual abuse where this might occur include sexual abuse as a child or sexual abuse by your husband. However, a prosecution is not necessary to start a CICA claim.
In addition, the incident must have happened in England, Wales, Scotland or another relevant place. You also need to meet the residency requirements.
You might not be eligible for a claim through the CICA because you could make a claim directly against the perpetrator or another vicariously liable party. For example, if you suffered sexual school abuse because the school failed to carry out the relevant background checks, your claim would be made against the school and not through the CICA.
Speak with a member of our team for guidance on the process of claiming.
Is There A Time Limit When Making Sexual Abuse Claims?
Another requirement is starting a claim within the time limit. This is typically two years from the date that you reported the sexual abuse to the police.
Usually, you are expected to report crimes to the police right away. However, there may have been exceptional circumstances that stopped you from doing this. In this case, you might be eligible to claim for sexual abuse after reporting it years after the incident occurred. In addition, if you reported the incident to the police but can prove that you were unable to claim in the two year window, you may still be able to recover compensation.
Our advisors could help you start your claim today. Call them to discuss examples of sexual abuse that could entitle you to claim.
You may have accessed a sexual assault compensation calculator to learn about how much compensation you might be able to recover. However, as each claim is based on individual circumstances, a calculator may not be that helpful. In this section, we look at examples of CICA payouts.
In a successful claim, compensation will be paid through the CICA from the tariff of injuries found in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. We’ve included examples of sexual abuse payments in our table below. However, it is not representative of what you will receive as each claim is different.
|Non-consensual penile penetration
|Serious internal injuries and a severe permanent disabling mental illness.
|Internal injuries with a permanent disabling mental illness that is moderate in nature.
|Severe mental illness that is permanent.
|Moderate but permanent mental illness.
|Serious internal injuries.
|Causing permanent disabling mental illness that is severe in nature.
|Causing a moderate mental illness that is disabling.
|A pattern of frequent severe abuse lasting for three or more years.
|A pattern of frequent severe abuse for up to three years.
Another factor that may impact your CICA compensation is the multiple injuries formula that applies to injuries on the main tariff. It is as follows:
- 100% of the CICA tariff amount for the highest-valued injury.
- 30% of the stated amount for the second-highest valued injury.
- 15% of the stated amount for the third highest valued injury.
So, if you have four injuries in a successful claim, your compensation will only be paid for the three highest-valued ones. However, certain injuries are excluded from the formula. These include pregnancy or losing a pregnancy and contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Special Expenses In A CICA Claim
In addition to a payment for your injuries, if your claim is successful, you might be able to recover special expenses. These costs must be necessary and result directly from the sexual abuse you suffered as well as reasonable. Additionally, you will need proof.
A successful claim might include a payment covering:
- Loss of earnings.
- Treatment costs.
- Care costs.
Call our advisors for help understanding compensation payouts alongside examples of sexual abuse. In addition, they can value your potential claim for free.
You will be expected to provide evidence in support of your claim. As we mentioned earlier, you must have reported the incident to the police. This is because you will need your police reference number when claiming. From there, the CICA will liaise with the police for additional information about your case, for example, whether you have cooperated with their investigations.
You will also need proof that you meet the residency requirements. In addition, you will be expected to obtain medical evidence.
If you need any help making a sexual abuse claim through the CICA, call our advisors. They could put you in touch with our panel of expert sexual abuse claims solicitors if your claim seems valid.
You may wish to have the support of a specialist sexual abuse solicitor when making a claim. A solicitor can help you navigate the process and ensure that all aspects of how you’ve been affected are covered.
Using the services of a No Win No Fee solicitor will allow you to access legal representation, generally without any upfront fees. They may provide their services under a specific kind of this arrangement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
If your solicitor successfully recovers sexual abuse compensation, they will take a legally limited success fee from your award. Should your solicitor not secure compensation, they usually won’t ask for payment for their services.
To find out more information about sexual abuse claims, get in touch with our advisors. They’re here to answer any questions you have and provide examples of sexual abuse settlements that our panel have secured in the past. In addition to a free claim valuation, they can assess your claim’s chances of success. If it seems like it might be successful, they can connect you with one of the lawyers from our panel.
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Additional resources that may be helpful:
- Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guide to Sexual Offences
- Rape and Sexual Assault guide from the NHS
- Mental Health Services from the NHS
If you have any further queries after reading our guide looking at examples of sexual abuse claims, please get in touch.
Writer Danielle Byrd
Publisher Fern Scrimshaw