Claims for rape and sexual assault

Advice and assistance from Cohen Cramer

If you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault, whether you are man or woman, Cohen Cramer can advise you as to whether you may be entitled to claim compensation.


Mike Massen of Cohen Cramer (formerly of Gartons Solicitors)

You can seek an award of damages and compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) or, in certain circumstances, from your attacker or their employer.

The CICA

The CICA is a government funded organisation that makes payments to the victims of violent crime including rape and sexual assault. If, having discussed the matter with you, we think that you have a good chance of receiving compensation we can help you claim the award you deserve.

Rape or sexual assault is never your fault and you are entitled to seek an award for the attack and the emotional and mental harm that results.

We offer a free confidential consultation to assess and advise you on any claim that you may be able to make.

To qualify for an award you will need to show the following:

  • you were a victim of a crime of violence – this is a complex area in some areas of sexual assault relating to the aspect of ‘consent’.
  • the incident happened in the past two years although the CICA do have a discretion to extend this period in certain circumstances. They exercise this discretion mostly when dealing with applications for rape and sexual assault so don’t think that you can’t claim for historical abuse matters.
  • the incident occurred in England, Scotland or Wales.

The Authority can reduce or refuse an award if:

  • you failed to report the matter to the police within 48-72 hours of the incident. However, again the CICA have a discretion to waive this rule.
  • you failed to co-operate with the police.
  • you have unspent criminal convictions although again the CICA can take a generous view if the crimes were as result of mental upset caused by the incidents of abuse.

To see if you are in a position to make an application for an award get in touch with us today:

  • call: 0113 224 7830 (24 hours)
  • email: enquiry@cohencramerpi.co.uk
  • pop your contact details into the box at the bottom of this page and we will get straight back to you

You may not need a solicitor to act for you with your application to the CICA and if, due to the straightforward nature of your claim, we think that you can deal with the application process yourself we will tell you and point you in the right direction however if your claim is complex and involves a high level of injury with lost income etc you may want to consider obtaining legal assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does there have to be a conviction for me to make a claim? No – there does not even have to be an arrest, as long as you can show that you have been the victim of a crime of violence that is sufficient.

Will I have to go to court? No – the CICA is not like a civil claim and there is no opposition as such; you are making an application to a government body and not a claim against an individual.

Will my attacker find out about my claim? No – your claim is made to the CICA and your attacker is not notified and has no input in the process.

How would my award be calculated? The CICA has a tariff system. Your injuries are evaluated and placed in a particular bracket which determines the amount you receive. If you have multiple injuries you will receive payment as follows:

  • 1st most serious injury – 100% of tariff award
  • 2nd most serious injury – 30% of tariff award
  • 3rd most serious injury – 15% of tariff award

You can claim lost income only after you have been off work for 28 weeks so if you are absent from work for 40 weeks you can only claim for 12 weeks. If you have any further questions please get in touch:

  • call: 0113 224 7830 (24 hours)
  • email: enquiry@cohencramerpi.co.uk
  • pop your contact details into the box at the bottom of this page and we will get straight back to you

Your claim can be dealt with on a ‘No Win – No Fee’ basis, this means that if for any reason we are not successful then you don’t pay us a penny for the work we have done. 

If you have been the victim of such an assault we appreciate that you may need more than money to help you make a recovery and so would suggest that, if you are not already doing so, you may want to seek advice from an appropriate organisation.

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