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Sexual Abuse Claims Guide – How much compensation for sexually abused victims claim Amounts? – How To Claim?

By Michael Patrick. Last Updated 18th January 2021. Sexual abuse and assault, unfortunately, aren’t rare incidents that happen in the UK. These harmful acts can happen to all people of society; from minors to teenagers, through to adults, both female and male.

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, you may be able to file a sexual abuse claim and receive compensation. Why not contact our team today, as one of our personal injury solicitors could assist you when pursuing a sexual abuse claim.

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A Guide to Making a Compensation Claim for Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse Compensation

Sexual Abuse Compensation

The purpose of this guide is to provide you with all the information you will need in order to file a sexual abuse claim. In this guide, you will learn of the many ways in which you or your child may have been sexually abused. It is essential to know that men can be sexually assaulted as well and equally important to know that sexual abuse does not come in the form of a physical injury only. As you continue to read this guide, you will learn about the many other forms of sexual abuse that a person may experience.

This guide also intends to answer any question you may have about sexual assault. Some of our most frequently asked questions as they pertain to sexual abuse are, “can I claim compensation for being sexually assaulted?” and “for criminal injury compensation how long does it take?”. These are fundamental questions, as sexual assault is a compassionate and serious issue. In many cases, the psychological damage that has been sustained takes a much longer time to heal than that of physical damage.

If you still have any reservations about filing a claim, please feel free to contact one of our representatives, who will be able to clarify any issues you may have. Our contact information will be provided at the end of this guide.

What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual Abuse is an undesired sexual advance on one person by another person. When there is a force involved it is then called sexual assault.

Sexual abuse can fall into two categories, which are:

  1. Contact abuse – which involves the abuser making physical contact with the person. Some examples include:
    • sexually touching any part of the person’s body; this can occur even if they are wearing clothes.
    • rape or penetration, or inserting objects in the person’s mouth, anus or vagina.
    • forcing someone to engage in a sexual act.
    • making someone take off their clothes.
  1. Non-contact abuse – which involves grooming or exploitation of an individual. Some examples include:
  • encouraging a person to watch or hear sexual activities.
  • forcing a person to watch pornography.

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault can happen to anyone and is not an incident that is exclusive to women and children, although it should be noted that a majority of cases are mostly women and children, however, there are many cases where men have been sexually abused and sexually assaulted. Sexual abuse can be both physical and psychological.

Claiming for Physical Injuries Caused by Sexual Abuse

Sustaining a physical injury as a result of sexual abuse can be a devastating experience. Depending on where you have been sexually abused or sexually assaulted (such as at work or in public) compensation will vary. However, it is important to know that you will be able to be compensated for the injury sustained.

If you have sustained an injury in the workplace, the employer or business will be held responsible for the injury sustained (additional information on this will be provided further down in the guide).

Claiming for Psychological Damage Caused by Sexual Abuse

We understand that filing a claim for psychological damages can be a very difficult task as the emotional wounds are very hard to prove. We recommend that when you decide to file a claim for psychological damage; that you speak with one of our representatives who will be able to inform you of all the necessary steps to take in filing your claim.

Under the CICA, it doesn’t matter if the person who has caused the injury is arrested or is in prison all, that is necessary is that you can prove that you were a victim plus some additional information and you will be able to be compensated.

Filing a claim can be a very lengthy process which is why we recommend that you obtain as much information as you can to make the process much smoother and less time-consuming.

What is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)?

The CICA is an executive agency of the UK that administers a compensation scheme for injuries to a victim that have been caused by a violent act.

How does the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Work?

In pursuing your criminal injuries compensation, the compensation for victims of abuse will be paid out only after following these steps. Which include:

  • Step 1: Police Reference Number – You will need to obtain a police number reference number
  • Step 2: Medical Examination – You will need to take a medical examination and have the doctor give you a detailed examination explaining the injury you have sustained.
  • Step 3: Reach out to a solicitor – This last step involves you either contacting the CICA or hiring a solicitor who specialises in this field.

It is important to follow these steps. Failing to follow these rules will make the claiming process much slower (You will learn more about the timeframe in the next section).

Is there a Time Limit for Making a CICA Claim for Sexual Abuse?

There is a very strict time limit when filing a claim for sexual abuse. The timeframe is usually about 2 years from the date of the assault or from the police notification of the event. However, due to the high sensitivity of this particular offence, there are often exceptions to the time limit and can be 10 year or 20 years or even higher depending on the circumstances.

Sexual Abuse Facts and Statistics

Sexual abuse is quite common in the UK, especially involving children. Below, we have included some statistics outlined by the NSPCC regarding sexual abuse:

Research with2,275 young people (aged between 11 and 17) has shown that 1 in 20 children in the UK has been the unfortunate victim of sexual abuse. Over a third of all police-recorded offences are in connection to children, and girls and older children and statistically more likely to endure sexual abuse.

If you have been the victim of sexual abuse reach out to one of our solicitors who will be able to get you the compensation you so justly deserve. No one should be taken advantage of.

Assessing the Severity of Physical and Psychological Damage Following Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse victim

Sexual abuse victim

When assessing the severity of a sexual abuse case, it is important to visit a medical professional who can give you a thorough examination. The medical exam will prove to be of great importance, as the exact details of the severity of your sexual assault will form the basis of your case for compensation.

In incidents like this, visiting a therapist is highly recommended as the psychological damages are often much more pernicious than the physical damages.

If you have yet to visit a medical professional, we can arrange for a medical examination at a local medical facility. As we will see in later sections, the severity of the injury will have a huge influence on the amount of compensation you may be awarded. A thorough medical exam can help you receive the maximum amount of compensation and can ensure that the injury is fully diagnosed.

The Long-Term Effects of Physical and Psychological Damage Following Sexual Abuse

The long-term effects of sexual abuse can have a very significant impact on a person and their compensation claim. For those who have been the victims of sexual abuse; their lives can be forever changed for the worse. It is not uncommon for people who have been sexually abused to suffer from depression and other mental health conditions.

Remedies for these conditions can include medication (primarily in the form of antidepressants) and meet with a psychologist, but this varies between individuals. Medication may be able to alleviate any physical pain you may feel; however, the emotional pain that comes as a result of being sexually assaulted may take years to heal. Sometimes, emotional pain might never entirely heal. It is essential to know this, as the injury you have sustained can be compensated for over a long period of time.

This is why it is highly recommended that you see a psychologist after you have been sexually assaulted as they will be better able to assess your emotional and mental state. Please don’t hesitate, contact one of our representatives for additional information on this matter.

Sexual Abuse in the Workplace

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, an employer must adhere to a certain set of standards and regulations. These include:

  • Securing the health, safety, and welfare of persons in the workplace.
  • Protecting persons (other than the persons at work) against risks to health or safety.

Under this law, an employer is responsible for maintaining a safe environment for employees and is required to follow the laws. If they are found to be in breach of these laws, they may be required to pay compensation.

If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, which may come in the form of unwelcome touches or sexual comments, you may be able to file a claim.

What to do if You need to make a Sexual Abuse Claim?

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, there are several steps you should take in pursuing your compensation. The most important course of action is to seek medical assistance for your injury. Once this is done, we recommend that you follow these steps:

  • Collecting evidence – If possible, take photos of the place where you were sexually assaulted. It is also important to take photos of the person if you are able to or to get photos of the individual. And lastly if possible, get testimonies from witnesses.
  • Inform your Human Resources – In the scenario with the sexual abuse occurring in the workplace, it is important that you speak with your manager and/or human resources. When you talk with them, it is also important to take no fault for your sexual abuse.
  • After you have gotten the evidence, it is incumbent that you notify the police of the incident.
  • Arrange for a medical examination – After you have acquired all the evidence you could gather, the next step requires that you seek a medical professional. If you haven’t seen a medical professional, we can arrange for you to meet one.
  • Document financial losses – Your treatments may take several visits to a doctor, especially for the psychological damages that have followed due to the assault. You will be able to claim for all the visits you have made, including your travel expenses, as long as receipts, invoices, and other proofs of purchase are kept.

Following these steps will prove to be very valuable to you during the claims process.

What can a Victim of Sexual Abuse Claim for?

There are many expenses, costs, and damages you may be able to claim for following your sexual abuse. These can include:

  • General damages – for the sexual assault you have received, along with the mental, emotional, and psychological anguish you may be experiencing.
  • Medical expenses – for any medication, equipment, surgery, or private health care that was needed.
  • Travel expenses – for any travelling that was required. If, for example, you had to travel to another city to see a specialist doctor
  • Recuperation – for the time you may have spent recovering from the injury you have sustained. If for example, you had to spend three months recovering and weren’t allowed to work, you will be able to be reimbursed for your time recovering.
  • Care costs – for any nurse care you may have needed to help you around the house. It is not uncommon for a person who has been sexually assaulted to require help around the house.

When making a criminal compensation order, it is essential to keep a record of all your expense as you may be able to get them back while filing your claim.

No Win No Fee Sexual Abuse Claims

We understand how filing a claim can be very trying for people whose income and financial security has been affected by their injury. That is why we offer a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement, or a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), that can help to ease the worries for individuals who are concerned about the financial aspects of making a compensation claim.

When filing for a sexual abuse claim, you can rest assured that you will not have to worry about any financial complications. If we are able to help you get your compensation, the amount we charge will be taken from the settlement amount. However, if we cannot get you your compensation, you will not have to pay us anything. With the ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement, your financial security is protected.

How Much Can I Claim as a Victim of Sexual Abuse?

The severity of the injury largely influences the amount you can hope to be compensated for your injury. The abuse compensation claim payouts listed below show the average amounts paid for specific injuries. The victim compensation payments may result in the following settlement totals:

Rape/Sexual AssaultMinor - Severe£11,000 to £44,000Compensation is calculated based on severity of the assault, and also ongoing psychiatric damage. Extra damages may be applied if additional physical injuries are caused during the sexual assault.
Psychiatric DamageMinor – Severe£3,000 -£88,000Additional potential compensation based solely on long-term psychological effects of the sexual assault.
Toe InjuryMild to severeUp to £42,600Damages for additional physical injuries sustained during the sexual assault.
Foot injuryMinor -Very SevereUp to £153,200Damages for additional physical injuries sustained during the sexual assault.
Achilles Tendon InjuriesMinor – SevereUp to £29,200Damages for additional physical injuries sustained during the sexual assault.
Ankle InjuryMinor- Very SevereUp to £53,000Damages for additional physical injuries sustained during the sexual assault.
Knee InjuryModerate – Severe£19,900 -£73,125Damages for additional physical injuries sustained during the sexual assault.
Leg InjuryModerate – Severe£21,100 - £214, 350Damages for additional physical injuries sustained during the sexual assault.
Arm InjuryModerate – Severe£14,600 - £99,500Damages for additional physical injuries sustained during the sexual assault.
Shoulder InjuryMinor – SevereUp to £36,500Damages for additional physical injuries sustained during the sexual assault.
Neck InjuryMinor – SevereUp to £112,750Damages for additional physical injuries sustained during the sexual assault.
Back InjuryMinor – SevereUp to £122,350Damages for additional physical injuries sustained during the sexual assault.
Brain DamageMinor – Very SevereUp to £307,000Damages for additional physical injuries sustained during the sexual assault.
Eye InjuryMinor – PermanentUp to £136,700Damages for additional physical injuries sustained during the sexual assault.
Chest InjuryMinor – SevereUp to £114,100Damages for additional physical injuries sustained during the sexual assault.

The amount you can receive for your sexual abuse compensation claims depends on the severity of the injury. It is important to know that the table above is just a reference for what you may be expected to receive. This is not a complete list of all the compensation you may be awarded. If you still have any questions about the sexual abuse claims, reach out and call one of our representatives to answer any questions you may have.

How to Start a Claim

After you have acquired all the evidence you need and have met with a doctor, the next step is to begin your case. Looking for a sexual abuse claims solicitors can be a very stressful endeavour. This is why we offer a free consultation which will help to inform you of the best available options to take. The free consultation can prove very useful to those who aren’t familiar with the legal process and are offered on a no-obligation basis.

If you choose to work with us in filing your claim for your sexual abuse or sexual assault, we will be more than willing to begin the case on your behalf. If you haven’t seen a doctor, we can arrange for you to see a local specialist. Once you decide to work with our team, we’re able to handle the vast majority of the work involved with your claim. If you’re wondering how to get started, calling our offices is often the most straightforward way.

Why Choose us as your Claims Service 

If you have been the victim of a sexual abuse incident, you may be awarded some compensation for your injury. We offer a plethora of benefits for our potential claimants, from offering a free consultation to arranging a medical examination if needed, to our ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement. We pride ourselves on our strong work ethic, friendly atmosphere, integrity level, and strong relationship with our clients. It’s this approach which can make your claim so much easier when you work with our team.

We have a very impressive success rate and are determined to help you receive your compensation. We really are the best choice when it comes to filing a claim. If you have any questions, please call our offices and speak with one of our representatives.

We look forward to working on your claim.

Call for Free Advice and To Start a Claim

Reach out and contact one of our solicitors, either using the webchat on our website, filling out an online contact form, or by calling 0800 073 8804. We’re ready and waiting to hear from you today.


Helpful Links


This NSPCC web page explains about Non-contact sexual abuse involves and non-touching, such as grooming, exploitation, persuading children to perform sexual acts that can be over the internet.


If you need someone to talk to if you have been sexually abused or know someone who has not suffered in silence, Childline is here to help you.

Rape Crisis England and Wales

Rape Crisis England and Wales – this web page explains how to get help for women and girls who have experienced any other form of sexual violence.

NHS on Abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault

This NHS link provides information on sexual abuse and rape and finds out how you can support a friend and recognise the signs of sexual abuse. This also includes domestic violence sexual abuse and rape or sexual assault.

Report a rape or sexual assault – GOV.UK

If you’re the victim of rape or sexual assault, the police and charities and other organisations are there to help. Call 999 to report a rape or attempted rape or sexual assault. After the crime as soon as possible.

How Much Compensation For A Rape Victim?

If you have been a victim of rape find out how much compensation you could claim also get free legal advice on this very sensitive matter.




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