A woman approached our specialist abuse team for legal advice in relation to sexual abuse and exploitation she had suffered during her childhood and into early adulthood. She had been forced into prostitution and given drugs by men much older than her. She was groomed and controlled by these men. After being able to remove herself from this situation, the woman finally felt able to report the abuse to the police around 7 years after it came to an end. Although her allegations were taken seriously the police were unable to take the matter further, which was obviously extremely disappointing for her.
An application for compensation was submitted to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) on her behalf by Rachel Thain, one of our specialist abuse lawyers. However, the CICA rejected the application on the basis that our client should have applied sooner because she was an adult when the abuse came to an end. Furthermore, the information they were provided by the police led the CICA to conclude there was insufficient evidence our client was a victim of a crime of violence.
Rachel was unhappy with the response from the CICA on both of these points and advised our client to seek a review of this decision. Rachel challenged the reasoning of the CICA and also gathered additional evidence in the form of our client’s social services records to prove the abuse took place as alleged.
On review the CICA accepted Rachel’s arguments on both issues and the claim was successful. Our client received compensation totalling £22,000.
She was very grateful for what we had done, commenting:
“Thank you for never giving up on my case. I've never felt like you've judged me which is really important to me as you can guess what's happened has left me with a lot of shame.”
Our client also shared that since instructing us, she has been able to gain a degree and secure a job which allowed her to use her experience to help others.
If you require expert advice on making a CICA claim and are looking for a compassionate and sympathetic lawyer who will fight your corner then give us a call on 0808 139 1597 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org