Frequently Asked Questions – For Sexual Abuse Claims

If you have a question about sexual abuse compensation claims, this frequently asked questions (FAQ) page should help.

Below, we’ve provided answers to some questions we often get asked by our prospective clients.

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What Is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is any type of behaviour in which a vulnerable person, like a child, is manipulated, tricked or forced into an activity of a sexual nature.

Abuse can occur online or offline. It can come in different forms, like contact abuse (such as touching, assaults and rapes), or it could involve non-contact abuse like the display or pornographic material.

Can I Claim Compensation For Sexual Abuse?

In order to claim compensation for sexual abuse, you need to meet the relevant eligibility criteria.

In most cases of this nature, a claim will be made through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA requires claimants to:

  • Report the crime to the police and assist them with their investigations
  • Have brought the claim within the time limit, which is 2 years from the date the abuse was reported.
  • That you meet the likes of the residency criteria

Can You Claim For Historic Sexual Abuse?

Yes, it’s possible to claim for historic sexual abuse. For clarity’s sake, historical abuse is behaviour of a sexual nature that occurred in the past, perhaps when you were a child.

While cases of this nature can be pursued, they can be harder to prove due to the passage of time. However, CICA claims only require the claimant to prove their case on the balance of probabilities. This means no conviction is needed to claim compensation against the perpetrator.

For advice on how to report historic sexual abuse, head here.

How Long Do I Have To Make A Sexual Abuse Claim?

In order to make a sexual abuse claim, you must take legal action within the relevant time limit. This is 2 years from the date of the incident. However, in some cases of historical abuse, it could go by the date you reported the crime to the police.

Who Can I Make A Sexual Abuse Compensation Claim Against?

There is a wide range of individuals and organisations who you could claim compensation from for sexual abuse. They include:

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