Female victims of rape and sexual assault

If you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault then you can look compensation and damages for your injuries and loss.

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No-one likes to talk about rape and sexual assault. There are a many myths and much ignorance surrounding this crime and for this reason and others a lot of victims never mention it, never seek counselling nor claim the compensation to which they may be due. We can help you, as we helped other victims of violent crime, to claim what is theirs and while it can never take away the pain and the hurt it can help you get some degree of closure and a feeling that someone has listened to you.

Gartons are experts at dealing with such matters. To find out how we can help you claim the compensation you deserve get in touch with us today:

  • call: 0113 237 9617 (24 hours)
  • email: mmassen@gartonsolicitors.co.uk
  • pop your details into the contact box on the right and we will get back to you soon.

The level of compensation that can be recovered depends upon the severity and frequency of the attack as well as the age of the victim – levels of compensation to female victims of rape and sexual assault.

Here are some of the most common questions relating to male rape and sexual abuse to help you decide whether you have been the subject of rape and/or sexual assault.

What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is when you have been forced to take part in any sexual act with another man or woman to which you did not willingly consent. Even if you did not resist or fight back at the time of the attack or where incapable of doing so through drink or drugs, it is still assault.

Who can it happen to?
Anyone. It could have happened to you whilst you were a child or a teenager, or as an adult.

Who are the perpetrators?
Again, it could be anyone – male or female. But it is more likely that any abuse will come from within the family rather than from outside; more women are raped by people they knew rather than strangers.

You can bring your claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) who payment compensation to the victims of violent crime or, in some circumstances you can bring your claim directly against your attacker or their employers insurance company if the attack upon you was carried out within the confines of their employment.

What kind of effects can survivors experience?
Again, it varies from individual to individual, but common effects include; feelings of isolation, depression, anger, anxiety, issues about sexuality and gender, substance abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, negative body image, fears about abusing, hyperconsciousness of body and appearance, and even split or multiple personalities.

Who else is affected?
The psychological and mental health issues which survivors often experience, can also lead to real problems with relationships. So anyone who shares their life, be it partner, friend or family, can be affected.

Who can I claim from ?

You can bring your claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) who payment compensation to the victims of violent crime. As a victim of violent crime you are eligible for an award (for a single incidence of rape by one attacker the award is set at £11,000.00) as well as the award for the attack you can also claim for certain financial losses. To find out if you are eligible for a CICA award get in touch with us today.

In some circumstances you can bring your claim directly against your attacker or their employers insurance company if the attack upon you was carried out within the confines of their employment or while in a position of care such as a teacher or religious minister.

Why do so many women suffer in silence?

Because of our society’s taboo about rape and sexual assault it is rare that a victim will go to the police or seek immediate help – on the contrary, they will often be as desperate to keep it a secret as their attacker is.

Claim for rape and sexual assault

Claim for rape and sexual assault

If you feel that you have been the victim of rape and or sexual assault we can help you claim compensation so contact us now:

For the quality legal service you deserve.

Rapecrisis offer free counselling to victims of rape and sexual assault.