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Sexually abused by husband can I claim compensation? – Rape & Sexual Assault

sexually abused by husbandMy husband sexually assaulted me; can I make a claim for compensation? Yes, you can. A lot of women do not know whether or not it is possible to be sexually assaulted by their partner. It is. No matter the status of your relationship, you must give your consent to have sex or engage in sexual activity each and every time it occurs. If you have not, and your husband has forced you to do something you do not want to, this is sexual abuse, just like any other type of sexual abuse and you have a right to claim compensation and pursue criminal charges towards them. This is something we can help you to do at Legal Expert. We have many years of experience and we can make sure that you are not alone during this difficult time. For more information, call us on 0800 073 8804. But first, make sure you continue reading to find out everything you need to know. If you have questions, many of them may be answered below, but don’t hesitate to call if they aren’t.

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A guide to claiming for being sexually abused by husband

Can I claim compensation for being sexually assaulted by my husband? Yes, you can. If your husband forced you to engage in any sort of sexual activity when you did not give your consent, this is a criminal activity and you can receive compensation for what happened to you. In this guide, you will find out everything you need to know about making such claims. This includes details on the different types of sex abuse, as well as examples regarding the various ways that your husband may pressure you to have sex when you do not want to. You will also find out more information about the claims process and the level of compensation you will receive. We also discuss our No Win, No Fee service, and you will find our contact information in full at the end of the post if you need any further advice.

What is sex abuse?

Sex abuse is a term that is used to describe any sexual activity or act that is not wanted. There are lots of different types of abuse. This includes ritual abuse, sexual exploitation, trafficking, female genital mutilation (FGM), ‘honour’ based violence, rape within marriages and relationships, sexual harassment, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and rape.

A lot of people ask is it possible to be sexually harassed by your husband? Yes, it is. Sexual abuse does not have to be carried out by strangers, although this can happen. Sex abuse can be carried out by someone you know or even someone you trust, for example, your husband, ex-partner, a family member, colleague or friend.

It is also important to stress that the perpetrator is always responsible for sex abuse. Sexual violence can never be justified, no matter the circumstances. You should never blame yourself. It is not your fault and you did not deserve what happened to you, no matter whether you were drunk, what you were wearing, what you were doing or where you were.

You always have a right to say no, and your decision should always be respected. Consent is everything. If your consent is not given, it is sex abuse.

Different types of sex abuse

There are a number of different forms of sex abuse. No matter how you were sexually abused by husband, you will be able to proceed with your claim. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to have a better understanding of the different forms of sexual abuse, so you can see that it is not just sex that falls into this category. Some forms of sexual abuse are as follows…

  • Rape
  • Forcing a person to have sexual relationships with other people
  • Forcing another person to look at pornographic photos or take part in them
  • Forcing another person to wear clothes they have not chosen
  • Forcing a person to prostitute themselves
  • Sexual name-calling
  • Degrading treatment
  • Forcing another person to engage in sexual acts

Can you be sexually harassed by your husband?

Can you be sexually harassed by your husband? A lot of people believe that they cannot be sexually harassed or abused by their husband because they are married. Just because you are married to someone does not mean they can force you into unwanted sexual activity. You can be sexually assaulted, abused, or harassed by your husband. Both people always need to consent to sex every time. It does not matter whether you have previously had sex with the person or not, they still need to have your consent and you have a right to say no whenever you want to.

It is also important to note that legislation was put into place in 1991 that meant rape within marriage was deemed criminal activity, irrespective of the status of the relationship. Therefore, even if you are married and have had sex before, you have a right to say no to sex or any sexual activity whenever you want.

Examples of being pressured into sex by your husband

My husband pressured me sexually, can I make a claim? Of course, you can. No one should be pressured into sex, and just because the person pressuring you is your husband does not make it right. Here are some examples of how you may be pressured into sex by your husband:

  • Your partner is encouraging you to take drugs or drink large quantities of alcohol in an attempt to limit your ability to say no to sex.
  • Your husband has manipulated you into sex by saying certain things like…

o “Don’t be frigid”

o “Everybody is doing it”

o “If you loved me you would”

  • Your husband makes you feel bad or guilty for saying no to sexual activity.

If this behaviour is something that happens on a consistent basis, it is a good idea to try and get proof of your husband’s activity. This can really help to strengthen your case. Why not leave your phone recorder on so you can catch your husband saying these things? Of course, do not do anything that is going to put your safety in jeopardy.

The different ways you may get compensation

When it comes to sexual assault claims, there are three different ways you may get compensation. These are as follows:

  • You may sue the abuser or the organisation that failed with regards to their duty of care to you. This means you may sue your husband.
  • If your husband is successfully prosecuted, you may get a criminal compensation order.
  • You may also make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). As you know your attacker, though, this option is unlikely.

It is not for you to worry about how the claim is processed. We can take care of this for you once we know more about what has happened to you. We will explain the claims process in full once you call us for a consultation.

Long-term injuries and psychological impact of sex abuse

If you are making a claim because you have been sexually abused by husband, the long-term injuries you sustain and the psychological trauma will be taken into consideration. There is no denying that sex abuse can impact people in many different ways. Some people struggle with the consequences of this for the rest of their life, feeling vulnerable in certain situations. There are then those who have to miss periods off work, and you may even suffer physical long-term injuries depending on the nature of the abuse. It is important to recognise that all of this will be taken into consideration when determining the level of payout you will receive. It is important that you are given an adequate compensation amount to cover all of the expenses you have faced or money you have lost because of what has happened.

Time limits on sexual abuse claims

You have a three-year personal injury claims time limit. This means you have three years from the date of the abuse to make a claim. However, there are a few exceptions, and there can often be exceptions when it comes to sexual abuse personal injury claims, as it sometimes takes victims time to speak up about what happened. The best thing to do is give our team at Legal Expert a call and we will happily advise further.

What damages can I claim for when making a sexual abuse claim against my husband?

There are two parts of compensation for any abuse compensation claim. These are special damages and general damages.

General damages are for the injury you have experienced. This amount will be calculated based on your suffering and the impact the injury is having on your life and will have in the future. Needless to say, the more serious your injury is the more money you can expect to receive. Of course, the payout relates to both physical and psychological injuries.

Special damages compensate you for any out of pocket expenses you have suffered as a direct consequence of your injuries. This can be anything from loss of income, to travel costs, to treatment expenses. You will also receive money to cover the cost of therapy and counselling to help you come to terms with what has happened. You simply need to prove that you have experienced the expense in question and that it was because of your injuries.

How much compensation after being sexually assaulted?

One thing the vast majority of people want to know is how much compensation they will receive if they proceed with a claim. A lot of people use a personal injury claims calculator to figure this out, as these tools are regularly available online. However, it is vital to note that such gadgets are only ever going to provide you with an incredibly rough estimate. In fact, giving you a fully accurate payout estimate is virtually impossible. This is because all claims are handled individually. This means the individual circumstances of your case, from the severity of your psychological injuries to your ability to work, are taken into account so you are awarded a fair amount. Nevertheless, this does not mean you cannot get a good understanding of the sort of payout you may get. Below, you will see the average victim’s compensation payments for injuries commonly relating to sexual assault.

What sort of injury have you sustained?Extra details about this sort of injuryThe typical payout for an injury like this
Rape/Sexual AssaultMinor - Severe£11,000 to £44,000
Psychological Injuries - SevereThere will be a very poor prognosis. The individual will also have severe problems with regards to all of the following:
-        Future vulnerability
-        The extent to which treatment would be effective
-        The impact on the claimant’s relationship with friends, family members, and anyone else they connect with
-        The impact on the claimant’s ability to cope with work, education, and life in general
£48,080 to £101,470
Psychological Injuries – Less SevereWith this level, the person will still experience the issues that have been mentioned in the former section. However, there will be more optimism with regards to the person’s prognosis. £16,720 to £48,080
Psychological Injuries - ModerateThe individual may experience some of the issues mentioned in the bullet points, but improvement will be made all of the time. There will also be a good prognosis. £5,130 to £16,720
Psychological Injuries – Less SevereThis payout is for psychological damage that falls short of being a specific disorder. The impact of the trauma on the person’s sleep and ability to carry out daily activities will be considered.£1,350 to £5,130

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of the level of compensation after being sexually assaulted you may receive. If you cannot find the injury you have sustained in the table above, or you would like some more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We would be more than happy to help.

No win, no fee sexual assault claims

If there is one key piece of personal injury advice, it is that you should use the services of a No Win, No Fee personal injury lawyer. Choosing a solicitor is undoubtedly one of the main components when it comes to any successful personal injury claim. This person is going to have your case in their hands and so choosing with care is imperative. Keeping that in mind, read on to discover the benefits of No Win, No Fee solicitors.

  • No upfront payment – First and foremost, when you go for the services of a No Win, No Fee solicitor you don’t have to make a huge upfront payment to start the claim process.
  • Financial risk minimised– One of the main benefits is the fact that you will only pay legal fees if your case is a success. If the solicitor in question does not manage to win your case for you, then you will not have to pay the legal costs. This minimises risk significantly because you can be sure you will not end up in the position where you have spent a huge amount of money and then not received any compensation at the end of it.
  • Better service– The payment structure ensures you benefit from a much better service. This is because the solicitor’s earnings are impacted by the outcome of the case and, therefore, they are more incentivised to ensure they win the case for you. This ensures that your claim will receive the level of attention it deserves.
  • No time wasting– You can be confident that a No Win, No Fee solicitor will not waste your time. If they don’t feel that your case is strong enough, they will tell you. They have nothing to gain by simply taking on any old case.

When you take the four points that have been mentioned into consideration, it is not difficult to see why so many people turn to the services of No Win, No Fee solicitors nowadays. Here at Legal Expert, all of our solicitors work on this basis. Give us a call today to make a claim.

Why choose Legal Expert?

Read on to discover the reasons why we are the best solution for you…

You Won’t Have To Pay A Penny For Our Advice!

If you search online, you will soon discover that there are usually enormous costs associated with making a personal injury claim. In most instances, this begins with the consultation alone. Consequently, a lot of people end up spending their hard earned cash simply to discover that they don’t even have a good case to begin with. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about that here. We provide legal advice free of charge and there is no obligation to continue with our service.

No Win, No Fee Service

If we think you have reason to go ahead with your claim, we will match you to a specialist No Win, No Fee personal injury solicitor from our panel. These only work on a No Win, No Fee basis. This is extremely advantageous for you. Why? Well, you won’t need any money to begin your claim. Moreover, the financial risk that is associated with using a traditional solicitor is eliminated. This also ensures that you benefit from the best service possible, as the solicitor is impacted by the case’s outcome as well.

Experienced And Reputable

Last but not least, you can use Legal Expert’s service with confidence. This is because we have a wealth of experience, and if you take a look at our customer reviews you will see that we have an exceptional reputation. This should give you complete peace of mind.

Contact our team today

If you are ready to begin claiming for sex abuse compensation, Legal Expert can help you to do so. It is important to recognise that all conversations are 100 per cent confidential. Our team are experienced and friendly, and they will give you all the time you need to talk about this difficult period in your life. We will happily answer any queries you may have. Or, if you are ready to start the personal injury claims process, we can match you to one of our experienced personal injury specialists. The number you need to reach our team is 0800 073 8804. You can also use the live chat feature on our website, contact us via email, or you can request that we call you back via our website. Please note that our phone line is available from 9.00 a.m. until 9.00 p.m. seven days per week.

Useful links

We hope you have found this guide useful while looking for more information on making a claim if you have been sexually abused by husband. However, if you need more information, the links below may be helpful.

Bringing claims for sexual abuse – The Legal Expert Ultimate Guide– This link takes you to our guide on sex abuse compensation claims where you will find more information on the level of payout you may receive.

Assault of a sexual nature This link takes you to the NHS website where you will find information on seeking help after rape and sexual assault.

NSPCC on Sexual Abuse

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.

Rape Crisis England and Wales

Rape Crisis England and Wales – this web page explains about 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 also find out how you can support a friend and how to 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.

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