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Historical sexual abuse victim claims – How Much Compensation? 2018 Update

If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, we can help you to get the compensation you deserve. We know that a lot of sexual abuse victims struggle to tell anyone about the horrific ordeal they have been through. As a consequence, many years can pass before victims are ready to take action. By this point, you may feel that you are unable to make a historical abuse compensation claim, but this could not be further from the truth. We are experts in securing compensation for victims of historical sex abuse, and we can ensure that you get the payout you deserve. For more information, read on.

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A guide to claims for historical sexual abuse

Historical Sexual Abuse

Historical Sexual Abuse

If you were the victim of sexual abuse as a child, you can get child historical sexual abuse compensation now you are an adult. We recognise that talking about abuse is incredibly difficult and that it often takes a long time to process what has happened and accept that you were not to blame. That is why we can help you to secure compensation, no matter how long ago it was that the abuse occurred. In this guide, we reveal everything you need to know about historic abuse claims. This includes information on making a claim, time limits, the most common types of abuse cases, average payout amounts, and much more.

What is historical sexual abuse?

We often get asked for a historical abuse definition. Historical sexual abuse is any type of sex abuse whereby the victim is now an adult, however, the abuse occurred while they were younger than 18. A lot of people that were abused during childhood believe that it was their own fault. Of course, this is never the case, no matter the circumstances, as a child cannot consent to abuse. Whether the abuse occurred five years or 60 years ago, whether it happened once or one hundred times over, you can still get help.

Historical sexual abuse statistics

In a recent article in The Guardian, award-winning journalist and campaigner, Beatrix Campbell, described the scale of historical sex abuse in the United Kingdom as a ‘catastrophe.’ The Crime Survey for England and Wales, for the year ending March 2016, revealed some statistics regarding the scale of sex abuse in the UK. The survey revealed that seven per cent of adults aged between 16 and 59-years-old had experienced sexual assault in the home. The survey also revealed that the proportions of adults that reported abuse during childhood tended to increase with age.

What to do if you have been a victim of historical sexual abuse

If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, it is a good idea to try and gather some evidence to help your case. Of course, this can be a bit more difficult when it refers to something that happened a long time ago. However, if you can do any of the following, please do so:

  • Make a note of everything that happened – Although it can be incredibly painful to do this, it is a good idea to make a note of everything that happened as soon as you get the opportunity. This will make sure you do not forget any important details later down the line.
  • Get contact information – If there is anyone that can help you to build a strong case, such as witnesses, then it is a good idea to get their contact information.
  • See a doctor – You should also see a doctor as soon as possible. Not only is this important for your health, but your doctor will put together a medical report, which will state your diagnosis and the recommended course of treatment, as well as the outlook for the future. This will be used to decipher how much compensation you receive.

If you need more help on how to prove historic abuse, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Can you sue someone for molestation?

This is a question we often get asked. You can certainly sue someone for molestation. You can sue if you are still a child and you have been abused. You can also sue if you are now an adult but you were abused as a child. After all, most people experience childhood molestation effects in adulthood, from dealing with molestation flashbacks to other psychological impacts, and so it’s important you are compensated for these.

How to begin your historical sexual abuse claim

If you want to make a historical sexual abuse claim, all you need to do is give us a call and we will be with you every step of the way. We will explain the claim process to you, and we will take care of everything so that there is nothing for you to worry about.

We always begin every claim with a free consultancy session. This is an opportunity for you to ask us any questions you have, and we will also ask you some questions too. This is nothing for you to worry about; we are simply carrying out a fact finding session so that we can learn as much as possible about your case in order to advise you in the best possible manner.

We can also arrange a local medical for you if required. Plus, you will be pleased to know that we handle all of our cases on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. If we don’t manage to secure compensation for you, you won’t need to pay a penny. You can find out more about the No Win No Fee approach further down in this guide.

Is there a time limit for making a sexual abuse claim?

A lot of our clients are worried about making a historic sexual abuse claim, as they fear they have missed the time limit. The best thing to do is give us a call for more information. While there are time limits in place, there are also some exceptions too, so you should never rule out your chances of compensation.

The time limit for making a claim for physical or sexual abuse is three years from the date of knowledge of the abuse. This is in accordance with the Limitation Act 1980. However, if the abuse happened while you were a child, you will have three years from the date of your 18th birthday.

If your claim is being pursued through the CICA, you have two years to make a claim. This is, again, two years from knowledge of the abuse, or two years from your 18th birthday if the abuse happened while you were a child.

However, as mentioned, there are situations whereby these time limits are withdrawn, and so you can seek compensation after reporting molestation years later. The best thing to do is give us a call to discuss further.

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What is the criminal injuries compensation authority?

Most sexual abuse claims are made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). If you were the blameless victim of a violent crime, the CICA handles compensation claims for you – no matter whether you have been mentally or physically injured, or both. The CICA covers claims in England, Wales, and Scotland. It is an executive agency, which the Ministry of Justice sponsors. For more information on the criminal compensation order, head to the CICA website.

Historical child sexual abuse claims

If you have been sexually abused as a child, and you are now ready to make a claim, we can help you to get the compensation you deserve. We know how difficult launching a historic sex abuse case can be for you, and that is why we aim to make the process as easy as possible. We will handle everything as efficiently as possible, and we will operate to the highest levels of confidentiality. We handle all types of sex abuse claims, from incest to sexual exploitation. It is important to recognise that you deserve to be compensated, no matter when the abuse occurred. Call us today for more information on child historical abuse claims.

Historical sexual abuse against the workplace claims

If you suffered sex abuse in the workplace, and you are now ready to make a claim, it is important to get in touch with us as soon as possible. The sooner you call us, the easier it will be for us to build a case for you. Suffering sex abuse in the workplace can be an incredibly horrific ordeal. Your boss may have promised you a promotion if you gave into their sexual demands. Or, maybe someone used their status over you to force you into participating in sexual acts that you didn’t want to? They may have threatened to fire you or something along those lines. No matter what has occurred, it is time to get the justice that you deserve. Call us today to get started.

Historical sexual abuse against the local authority claims

Most sex abuse cases involving children occur inside their own home, behind closed doors. If you believe that the local authorities failed in their duty to protect you, you could make a claim against them. If the local authorities and social services had an opportunity to remove you from the situation and they did not act as quickly as they should of, then they could be to blame for the continuation of abuse that you suffered. If this is the case, we can help you to make a successful compensation claim against a local authority. To do this, we will need to prove that someone in the family home was abusing you. We will then need to show that the social service’s failure to remove you from the situation contributed to the abuse you suffered. By doing this, we will able to secure the payout you deserve.

Historical sexual abuse against school claims

When you send your child to school, you expect them to be in safe hands. You expect them to be happy and content, in a friendly and loving environment. You don’t expect them to be abused by someone that is in a position of trust. If you have been abused while at school, whether by a teacher or another member of staff, we can help you to get the compensation you deserve. Call us today to find out more about making a claim.

Historical sexual abuse against the church claims

There have been a number of sex abuse cases in the media involving the church. The church is a place we go to pray and to feel safe. If a priest or a member of the church has abused their position of trust, it is important to get justice. We can help you to get compensation if you have been abused while at church as a child.

Historical sexual abuse against the scouts and other charities

The Scout Association is the biggest scouting organisation in the UK. If you have been injured as a child scout, you are entitled to compensation for victims of abuse. The same applies if you have been injured while in the care of any other charity. We have years of experience in these cases and can ensure you get the maximum payout you are entitled to.

Child historical sexual abuse claims by a relative

Sadly, most cases involving child sex abuse are cases of incest, i.e. sexual abuse by a family member or family members. This could be anyone from a parent or step-parent to an uncle or grandparent. Dealing with molestation in the family can be difficult, but if you suffered child abuse at the hands of a family member, it is important to launch a claim for personal injury compensation. We know that this can be a big and frightening step, but we will be with you every step of the way to make sure that you get the payout you are entitled to.

What can be claimed for if you have been a victim of historical sexual abuse?

When launching a compensation case for historical sexual abuse, you will be able to claim for the following:

  • General damages – This is the payout you will receive to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have experienced.
  • Care claim – If you have needed help around the house while you recover, the person that has cared for you will be able to file a care claim.
  • Loss of earnings – You can also claim for loss of future earnings if you are expected to be off work for a considerable period of time.
  • Travel expenses – This includes everything from travelling to and from the hospital to paying for alternative travel while you recover.
  • Medical expenses – This covers everything from prescription expenses to the cost of counselling.

The most common historical abuse cases

There are many different types of abuse, and the type of abuse you have suffered does not define your ability to make an abuse compensation claim. Simply being able to prove that you were abused is enough. Nonetheless, let’s take a look at some of the most common types of historical sexual abuse:

  • Incest – This is the most common type of historical sex abuse. This happens when a child is abused by one or several family members, including grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunts, step-parents, or there mother or father.
  • Sexual violence – Acts of violence, which harm or involve sexual parts of the victim’s body.
  • Sexual exploitation – Use and objectification of victims by means of sexual activity to gain sexual gratification or money.
  • Sexual harassment – Use of power differences, status or gender to require sexual involvement.
  • Sadistic sexual abuse – This refers to cases whereby the offender has tried to incite reactions of pain, horror, or dread during sexual abuse. This can include cases of torture, mutilation, the use of physical restraint, and much more.
  • Voyeurism – This refers to cases whereby the victim’s privacy has been invaded, either openly or secretively, for the purpose of sexual gratification.
  • Exposure or exhibitionism – Displaying parts of the naked body to sexually arouse, intimidate, or shock the victim.
  • Sexual assault – Physical attacks to the victim’s sexual body parts, which tend to involve violence and force. This not only includes rape, but a wide range of activities.
  • Molestation – Molestation refers to sexual abuse that involves sexual stimulation to the genital areas and body, including penetration.

How much compensation could I receive if I have been the victim of historical sexual abuse?

You will, no doubt, want to know how much compensation you could receive if you have been the victim of historical abuse. Unfortunately, it is impossible to provide you with an accurate figure. This is because there are so many variables that are considered and every case is different. The last thing we would want to do is promise you a certain amount and then fail to fulfil our promise. However, what we can do is give you an understanding of the average victims compensation payments for injuries that are typically associated with abuse. If you cannot find the injury you are suffering from in the table below, don’t worry – all you need to do is give us a call and we will happily shed further light on how much historical abuse compensation you are likely to receive.

Reason for compensationTypical compensation amountComments
Compensation For Rape£11,000 0 £44,000You can also claim for many extra's
Less severe psychological damage £1,170 - £4,450When deciphering how much compensation you receive, the following will be taken into account: how your sleep has been impacted, and how long you have suffered psychological issues.
Moderate psychological damage£4,450 - £14,500For cases falling into this bracket, there will be marked problems with regards to the likes of treatment and the person’s ability to cope with everyday life. However, the prognosis will be a lot more optimistic, and there will be improvement by the time the trial comes around.
Moderately severe psychological damage£14,500 - £41,675These cases are similar to the above. However, the prognosis won’t be as positive, and there may not be any improvement by the time the trial comes around.
Severe psychological damage£41,675 - £88,000This bracket is for the most severe cases of psychological damage. In these cases, the prognosis will be very poor. There will also be marked problems with regards to how successful treatment would be, vulnerability in the future, the claimant’s relationships, and their ability to cope with work and life.
Indecent assault£1,000 - £3,300
Non-penile penetrative and/or oral genital acts£3,300 - £22,000
Non-consensual vaginal and/or anal intercourse£11,000 - £44,000
Sexual assault resulting in a pregnancy£5,500
Sexual assault resulting in a sexually transmitted disease (STD/STI)£5,500 - £22,000This refers to STIS other than HIV and AIDs.
Mental anguish£3,550Expectation of end of life and fear of death. In sexual abuse cases, the attacker will often threaten the child that bad things will happen if they tell anyone. If this occurs, you can claim for mental anguish.
Pain and suffering£1,000 - £200,000The level of pain and suffering you have encountered will determine the payout that you receive.
Loss of anticipated earnings£10,000 - £400,000If you are expected to be off work in the future, you can claim for loss of anticipated earnings. The amount you receive is determined by your current pay grade and future earning potential. In some cases, people receive more than the £400,000 maximum.
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000You can claim for loss of actual income. In some cases, people receive more than the £500,000 maximum.

No Win No Fee sexual abuse claims

One of the main elements of our service is the fact that we handle all of our historical abuse cases on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that anyone can make a claim, irrespective of his or her current financial situation. This is because you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. If we do not manage to secure compensation for you, you won’t have to pay a penny. This offers you financial protection, which you would not get if you opted for a solicitor that charged per hour.

If you went down this route, there would always be the chance that you could end up with a huge legal bill and no compensation at the end of it. This is the last thing you need, and we can make sure it does not happen. Not only this, but you can have complete peace of mind that we are putting all of our efforts into your case. When working with a solicitor that charges per hour, there is always the risk that they are merely taking on your case to take your money, irrespective of your chances of compensation. With the No Win No Fee approach, you know that we will only take on cases that have a genuine chance of being successful.

Why choose us as your claims service for your sexual abuse claim?

We know that dealing with sexual abuse years later is incredibly difficult. We appreciate that making a compensation claim is not easy – far from it. We promise that we will always put your health and emotions first. This is why we aim to secure compensation in the most efficient manner. We want you to focus on your recovery while we focus on securing a payout for you. Plus, we always aim to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible. With our years of experience in the industry, you can be confident that there is no better option when it comes to your claims service. You only need to look at the reviews we have received from our past clients and we are sure that this will put your mind at ease.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you want to make any type of claim, be it a sexual or domestic abuse compensation claim, we can help you to get the payout you deserve. All you need to do is give our team a call on 0800 073 8804, and we will be more than happy to assist you in any manner we can. We will answer any questions you may have, whether you need help on how to deal with molestation years later or you want to know criminal injury compensation how long does it take? We pride ourselves on our friendly and professional approach, and you can be certain that we operate to the highest levels of confidentiality. Making a claim can help you to get on with life after molestation.

 

Helpful links

Child line

This is a link to the Childline website where you will find plenty of information and advice, as well as details on how to get support. This is a great website if you are looking for information on how to talk about being sexually abused.

NSPCC website

This link takes you to the NSPCC website where you will find information on non-recent abuse, including support for adults that were abused as children, such as reporting non-recent abuse and what to do if you think the offender is a risk to others.

How to report a rape or a sexual assault

Find out how to report a rape or a sexual assault, including details on what to do if you do not want to report the incident to the police.

NHS on sexual assault

This link provides plenty of useful information on getting help after a rape and sexual assault, including details on forensic medical examinations and sexual assault referral centres.

LegalExpert.co.uk on Sexual Abuse Claims

This link takes you to our guide on sexual abuse claims. You will find information on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), sexual abuse in the workplace, how to make a claim, and much more.

LegalExpert.co.uk on Compensation For Rape

If you or a family member has been raped find out how much compensation you can claim for rape, also contact us today for free advice.

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