Michael Lewin Solicitors are leading domestic violence lawyers. We are able to offer expert advice on all potential claims you may have as a victim of domestic violence. We will conduct an initial free assessment of your claim. Call us now on 0113 200 9787 or email enquiries@michaellewin.co.uk if you think you’re entitled to compensation, or fill in the form below to make a claim. If the assault or rape occurred during the course of your employment then you may have a claim against your employer, please see our workplace assaults page.

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Rape and Sexual Assault Compensation

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government body set up to deal with claims for compensation made by people who have been physically and/or mentally injured as a result of a violent crime in England, Scotland and Wales, in which they were a blameless victim. This includes compensation for victims of rape and sexual assault.

In some cases, an act may be treated as a violent crime where:

(a) the attacker is not capable of forming the necessary mental element (intent to commit a crime of violence) due to insanity; or

(b) the attacker is a child under ten years old (the age of criminal responsibility) who understood the consequences of their actions.

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A victim of rape or sexual assault can be:

  • male or female;
  • an adult;
  • a child under the age of 18 years old;
  • an adult who by reason of mental incapacity is incapable of giving consent.
  • It is not necessary for the person who injured you to be identified or convicted in order to get payment.

Rape or sexual assault can be committed by any of the following people:

  • a stranger;
  • a family member;
  • a spouse;
  • a friend;
  • a family friend;
  • a person in a position of trust or authority such as a teacher, doctor, employer; or
  • anybody who forces you to have sex, perform a sexual act or makes contact with you in a sexual manner against your wishes, demands or will.

Under the terms of the CICA, when making a claim for compensation, rape is classified as meaning unwanted or uninvited penile penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth. Sexual assault is classified as meaning unwanted or uninvited sexual touching either over clothing or underneath clothing. Sexual assault compensation varies from minor sexual touching to serious sexual touching.

Other factors which the CICA consider when reviewing applications for compensation are as follows:

  • Whether the rape or sexual assault is a pattern of repetitive frequent behaviour over a period of three years or more;
  • Whether the rape or sexual assault caused severe internal injuries to the victim’s body;
  • Whether the rape or sexual assault caused a permanent disabling mental illness confirmed by psychiatric diagnosis;
  • Whether a victim has been raped by one or more attackers.
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You can make a compensation claim for sexual abuse against any individual, organisation and institution that failed in their duty of care to protect you from harm.

When ready, you should contact a specialist sexual abuse solicitor who will give you advice on making a claim. At Michael Lewin Solicitors, our team of expert solicitors can offer you a no win no fee guarantee. We understand that discussing sexual abuse can be uncomfortable and frightening situation. We want you to feel comfortable talking about your claim with us. You can talk to us over the phone, or to cater to your needs, one of our team can arrange to meet you in person.

Our sexual abuse team will help gather the required evidence in making a compensation claim against your abuser. To strengthen your claim, evidence should be preserved as quickly as possible. Injuries/bruises should be photographed and Internet logs should be printed off, enabling us to make your case as strong as possible.

There’s generally no time limits for prosecuting abusers (although there can be some exceptions), however, there are time limits imposed for making a compensation claim of this nature. The time limit for making a claim is usually two years from the date the incident occurred or/ series of events. As sexual abuse compensation claims is a very sensitive issue, time limits often do not apply. In the majority of cases time limits can be extended, in which, past sexual abuse claims may still be eligible for compensation, more so the case if there has been a recent police or other investigation.

We are experts in dealing with sexual abuse claims having dealt with hundreds of such claims over the years. We ensure that we will provide an excellent service ensuring the process will be as stress-free as possible for you.

Rape & Sexual Assault FAQ's

How Much Compensation Will I receive For Sexual Assault?

The amount of sexual assault compensation awarded by the CICA varies in accordance with the severity of the injury/injuries caused. A victim of a sexual offence can expect an award between £1,000.00 and £44,000.00 depending on the circumstances of the offence.

Additional payments will be made to anyone who as a direct result of being a victim of a sexual offence has sustained one or more of the following:

  • Pregnancy;
  • Sexually transmitted infection; or
  • Loss of foetus.

What Is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is when someone initiates sexual contact with you which was unwanted. This can include anything from unwanted touching, name calling, sexual contact and using sex as a way of causing humiliation or pain to the victim.

Sexual abuse can occur in many different forms. The assault can be a one-off occurrence or can be sustained over a long period of time. Abuse may have occurred earlier in your life or currently still ongoing. Abuse can happen to both children and adults, male and female.

Can I Claim Compensation For Abuse Which Took Place In An Institution?

Institutions such as care homes, schools, hospitals and church’s have a duty of care ensuring that you are protected whilst under their care and supervision. If you were abused whilst under the care of an institution, you can make a claim for compensation against the organisation or institution.

National Statistics of Domestic Violence

According to the Office of National Statistics, the results of their Crime Survey for England and Wales show the following in regards to domestic violence:

  • For the year ending June 2014, police records of crime figures in the UK showed an increase of 21% in all sexual offences compared with the previous year.
  • Police recorded rape increased by 29% and other sexual offences increased by 18% compared to the previous year.
  • Over 65,000 sexual offences were reported to the police during the year ending June 2014.

Sexual Assault Resources

Michael Lewin Solicitors are here to help victims of rape or sexual assault claim for compensation that they are entitled to. Below is a list of helpful charities and resources that can give you advice on dealing with the effects of being a victim of rape or sexual assault.

https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/
Emotional support and practical information for victims of any crime or if you have been affected by a crime committed against someone you know.

http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/
Supporting female victims of rape or sexual assault. Provides practical advice and emotional care. Advises victims of the nearest rape crisis centres in their area.

http://www.thehavens.org.uk/
Supports anyone in London who has been raped or sexually assaulted within the last 12 months. Provides confidential medical and emotional support services.

http://www.mankindcounselling.org.uk/index.php
Supporting male victims of rape or sexual assault. Provides a telephone helpline, counselling and practical advice.

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Sexualhealth/Pages/Sexualassault.aspx
NHS services providing practical advice for victims of rape or sexual assault. Helps victims to find their nearest sexual assault support services, a counsellor or therapist. Explains the process of forensic examination.

http://content.met.police.uk/Site/sapphire
Advice if you wish to report a sexual offence. Sapphire is a unit of specialist officers based at New Scotland Yard whose role is to investigate rapes and other serious sexual violence. This includes providing care and support to the victims, as well as investigating the offence to the satisfaction of the victim and bringing the offender to justice.

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