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Compensation for rape victims - sexual assault criminal injury claims

If you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.

Call our helpline and speak confidentially to our specialist advisors on 01423 593 002 or you can TEXT us on 078600 17163


Rape is defined as an unwanted and unlawful sexual assault. Compensation following a rape attack can be awarded for personal injury, trauma and psychological injuries under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) scheme.

Our team of compassionate experts can guide you through the process and speak to you in complete confidence. Call us for a no obligation discussion about your case, we will confirm your options and discuss your entitlement to claim.


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Making a compensation claim following a Rape or Sexual Assault

If you have reached this section of our website, you have made the very brave decision to explore your legal rights following your assault. We can help you make a claim for compensation and our specialist team of advisors can speak to you in complete confidence.

If you are a parent / guardian and have a child under the age of 18 who has been the victim of rape, we can help you make an application on their behalf.


When should you make a claim?

Compensation claims for rape victims should ideally be made as soon as possible, however we understand it can be traumatic and difficult to come forward. Many victims are reluctant to proceed with either a police report or a compensation claim as they feel they that no one will believe them. Making this difficult decision is a matter for the victim but our team will support you and can provide guidance on what options are open to you given your particular circumstances.


Time limits for making a claim

The CICA have strict time limits in place to make a claim (normally within 2 years from the date of an incident or the police notification date) however due to the sensitive nature of sexual assault and abuse there are some exceptions to this rule.

OUT OF TIME FOR CLAIMING? - Get in touch - Many cases can be successfully appealed.

Important: Please be aware that you do not need to wait for the outcome of a court case to make an application for a claim.


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Recent statistics released by the government in January 2013 have shown that between 60,000 - 90,000 people suffer a rape related assault (the vast majority women) in England and Wales each year. The true figure could be much higher as many assaults go unreported, particularly those involving domestic violence. It is thought that over 400,000 women are sexually assaulted each year and 1 in 5 women between the ages of 16-59 have experienced some type of sexual violence since the age of 16.

Rape not only affects many women, but also men and children occurring either as an isolated incident or as part of a period of abuse.We understand that this type of assault can be hugely traumatic for victims and can cause long lasting psychological problems.


Abuse cases

If you were the victim of historical sexual assault before 1st October 1979 and were living with your attacker as members of the same family at the time, unfortunately the CICA scheme does not cover claims for periods of abuse up to this date.


More information about criminal injury claims time limits can be found here.

ARE YOU A FOOTBALLER WHO SUFFERED ABUSE? Reports have emerged linking professional clubs to ex-players who were abused by coaching staff. More here on our dedicated football coach abuse compensation page



Helpful Contacts

There are many groups which can offer further help and support for victims of rape.

Please see the following links for more information:

For an informal and confidential chat about making a claim for sexual assault and/ or abuse, please contact one of our experienced advisors on 01423 593 002 or alternatively please complete our online contact form.

Published: 10 May 2013
Updated: 13 September 2017