Teen Sexual Offences

The children’s rights charity Children’s Society has published a report this month revealing that only 1 in 5 allegations of sexual offences against 16-17 year olds result in a charge.[1]

These figures came as a result of a freedom of information request to police stations throughout England where they found that there were only 4,900 recorded incidents of sexual offences against teenagers last year.[2]

The Children’s Society have also estimated that a total of 50,000 girls in the country have been victims of sexual offences but do not come forward to misconceptions of what constitutes a sexual offence and concerns about going to court and repercussions.[3]

Whilst sexual offences are life-changing events, help is available to those who are victims of a crime of violence. The Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) was created in 2012 under the authority of the Criminal Injury Compensation Act 1995; this government scheme enables blameless victims to make a claim and receive the compensation they deserve.

A claim for a sexual offence can result in an award of £1000-£40,000 but is subject to certain residency conditions. If you are making a claim you must normally submit it within 2 years of the incident. Even if there was not a conviction you may still be eligible for compensation; however, you must have reported the incident to the police and fully co-operated with any investigation or trial.

If you would like more information please visit this page. There are also various charities and organisations that may be able to help you further if you are dealing with the effects of a sexual offence.

References:

[1] http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/resources-and-publications/old-enough-to-know-better-why-sexually-exploited-teenagers-a-0

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

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