SOLICITORS HELPLINE: ☎ 0330 660 7119

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)will pay damages for personal injury to a victim of rape or sexual assault. It is not necessary for the offender to be convicted to succeed in a claim to the CICA. For confidential advice at no cost from a rape compensation solicitor just use the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices and a specialist personal injury solicitor will phone you with no obligation. Our rape compensation solicitors offer a discrete and sympathetic service and if you would prefer to speak to a solicitor of your own sex then please indicate.

Rape Compensation Solicitors

Our criminal injury compensation claims are all dealt with discretely on a risk free no win no fee basis otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. Our rape compensation solicitors will zealously represent your interests and ensure that you receive fair and equitable compensation under the CICA tariff scheme. The CICA do not pay legal charges and if your claim is successful there will be a deduction from the monies paid to you to cover the cost of representation. Do yourself justice and give us a call.

Act Quickly

In order for a victim of rape or sexual assault to succeed in a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority application it is necessary for them to report the matter to the police promptly and thereafter to co-operate with the police investigation and any subsequent prosecution. It is not necessary for there to be any prosecution or for any prosecution to succeed in order to claim compensation.

Rape & Sexual Assault

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted this can be a particularly difficult and emotional time however the police are experienced in these violent matters and are inevitably kind, sensitive and polite. Police officer's who investigate these matters are discreet and tactful and will explain everything to make you as comfortable as possible during the crime investigation. Sexual assault (including rape) can happen to anyone and every year there are an estimated 200,000 serious sexual assaults and almost 50,000 rapes or attempted rapes. One in 20 women has been the victim of rape and almost 200 women are raped every day but only 20% are reported to the police. Compensation awarded by the CICA for rape has a starting point in the region of £7,500 with considerably higher awards in cases where there are aggravating factors. The two year time limit for applications to the CICA does not always apply in cases of rape or sexual assault including child abuse.

Forensic Evidence

The police will be ask your permission to being examined by a specially trained doctor who will be looking for forensic evidence as well as to see if you need treatment for any injuries. The examination may take place in a special room for victims of crime at the police station or in a hospital or at the doctors own surgery. The doctor who examines you will offer you the 'morning-after pill' and any other appropriate medical information or treatment.

Anonymity Guaranteed

To assist in the prosecution of a violent attacker it is necessary for the police to take a signed, written statement from any victim of crime. If you are 17 or younger, the police may prefer to make a video of your statement. If the attacker was a stranger, the police may show you photographs or create a sketch, photo-fit or video-fit or you may be asked if you can pick them out of an identity parade where the police will usually arrange for you to be able to see the people on the parade without them being able to see you. Once all of the evidence has been gathered the Crown Prosecution Service, which is independent of the police, will proceed with the case if there is a realistic prospect of conviction provided that prosecution is in the public interest. If the defendant pleads not guilty to the crime, you may have to go to the Crown Court and appear as a witness. It is against the law for newspapers or television to use your name or give details that would identify you to members of the public. It is not necessary for the offender to be convicted to succeed in a claim to the CICA.

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