Sexual Abuse Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Here at Legal Expert, we can provide assistance on making a compensation claim for sexual abuse if you want to take such action.

We receive many questions about what is considered sexual abuse and how making a claim for this type of abuse works. Therefore, we’ve provided this FAQ page to answer some of the most common questions we receive about sexual abuse and sexual abuse claims. If you have any questions about these matters which aren’t included below, then you are welcome to contact our advisors at Legal Expert. You can reach us online using our contact form, or you can call us on 0800 073 8804.

What is the definition of sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse refers to unwanted sexual gestures which may or may not involve physical contact. The victim will not have provided their consent to the gestures which could lead them to suffer physical and mental injuries.

Can a victim of sexual abuse sue the offender?

It is possible for a victim of sexual abuse to make a compensation claim against the offender. There are two main ways of making a sexual abuse claim. One is through the civil courts by making a personal injury claim. The second method is by making a criminal injury claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

What is an inappropriate touch?

Any form of touching which makes the person receiving it uncomfortable (particularly if they did not consent to it) could potentially be considered inappropriate touching. Inappropriate touches can potentially have severe mental and physical effects on the person receiving them.

Can I sue for mental abuse?

If you have suffered any mental injuries due to sexual abuse, then these could potentially be compensated for in a personal injury claim or criminal injury claim. Different types of mental harm such as PTSD, anxiety or stress could be compensated for as long as there is evidence that they can be diagnosed and linked to sexual abuse.

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