The Lantern Project a registered charity based in Merseyside has provided information on how widespread sex abuse is. The report shows that nearly a quarter of young adults have experienced sexual abuse by an adult or a person of similar age during their childhood. With one in six children aged 11 – 17 experiencing sexual abuse.
To give an idea as to the amount of compensation you could be entitled to we have designed an easy to use Sexual abuse compensation calculator. We have also designed a more comprehensive CICA compensation claims calculator.
Most sexual abuse is not reported, and many victims suffer in silence. We hope that as you are looking for information on the CICA about how to claim for your injuries, you have or are ready to report the abuse you have suffered.
Our aim is to enable you to bring a CICA claim for compensation you are entitled to for your suffering. We are with you every step of the way. We will explain what information we need to help you. Guide you through the at times, complex process and always keep you informed on the progress of your case.
There are many different levels of compensation for abuse victims. Compensation awards based on the CICA tariff system can between £1,000 for a single sex act over clothes to £44,000 for repeated abuse causing both severe physical and mental injury. Compensation may also be payable for loss of earnings.
More examples of sexual abuse include;
Historic sexual abuse also known as Non-recent abuse is an allegation of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. It relates to incidents that took place when the victim was under 18.
Physical and sexual abuse, where violence or threats of violence are used to cause someone to perform sexual acts against their will.
Domestic violence, where controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support.
You must report the incident to the Police as soon as you are able to. The BBC reported that whilst 50,000 were reported in a two year period of April 2012 to March 2014, the real figure was likely to be 450,000. Unless it is reported, the CICA are unlikely to agree to pay any compensation.
Sex abuse claims need to be submitted to the CICA within 2 years of the incident, unless there is proof of mental illness which prevents a victim from claiming. In cases of historic sexual abuse, the rules are different and compensation may be awarded where the incident is not reported at the time.
As eligibility for compensation under the CICA scheme can be confusing, victims may find it helpful to use a professional service to assist with their claim.