- 1 What Is Rape?
- 2 Getting compensation for rape
- 3 How can CICA UK help you?
- 3.1 Additional Help For Rape Victims
- 3.2 Rape Compensation FAQs
- 3.3 What is rape?
- 3.4 What is rape compensation?
- 3.5 Who can claim compensation for rape?
- 3.6 Is there a time limit on filing a rape claim in the UK?
- 3.7 What are some examples of rape compensation pay outs?
- 3.8 How long does a rape claim usually take?
If you need help with rape compensation please call 0151 242 5111 for free, confidential and no obligation advice.
If you’ve been a victim of sexual assault or rape then you have a right to claim compensation for what you have, and may still be going through. This can be done with our help, CICA UK, and the use of the CICA scheme. Rape is a horrendous experience to endure and it can have a life long physical and psychological effect on the victim – although compensation will never put things right or reverse what has happened, it can still come as invaluable financial help for treatment and counselling should you need it.
Making a claim for rape compensation can help you take back control and achieve closure.
What Is Rape?
Rape as a definition is a non-consensual sexual activity which involves penetration no matter how slight.
Rape is a crime regardless of circumstances, gender, age or profession.
Rape is one of the most damning crimes that can be committed, and the punishment for rape can be severe. If any persons involved in sexual activity of any kind does not give consent it is rape.
Getting compensation for rape
In the United Kingdom, we are lucky enough to have a scheme such as criminal injuries compensation authority (CICA), that can help victims of crime claim compensation even if the offender is not found. If you’ve been a victim of rape, you could claim compensation from CICA Scheme and we, CICA UK, can help you do that.
We completely understand that victims of rape may want to forget about the incident, whether due to trauma, out of shame, embarrassment or perhaps even guilt. Tragically, some victims can wind up falsely blaming themselves. Making a claim for rape compensation can help you financially, but also provide the ability to achieve closure and regain control.
How can CICA UK help you?
CICA UK can help tremendously when it comes to such a harrowing experience. We make contact with the CICA on your behalf, and we will seek your involvement only when necessary – we understand that repeatedly revisiting the experience is not something anyone should have to do, so we make sure this is kept to a minimum. We will also keep the length of time between application and receiving the money as short as possible.We have decades of experience helping victims claim the compensation they deserve, and we’ve become quite good at it. If this information has been helpful and you or you know someone who has been a victim of rape, or if you need our help in any capacity then please get in touch for a no obligation, confidential consultation.
Additional Help For Rape Victims
We understand that at this stage claiming rape compensation may not be at the top of your list. Here are some resources and website if you need help following sexual assault or if you are wanting to help someone you know:
Rape Crisis – A charity set up to help victims of rape cope, talk to someone or to take action.
Victim Support – An independent charity for those who have been affected by crime in England and Wales.
Pandora’s Project – A support group for victims. More specific towards the LGBT community.
Rape Compensation FAQs
Rape is non-consensual intercourse that involves penetration. Rape can be a one-time offence, or it can occur more than once. Rape is a criminal offence irrespective of gender, age or profession or circumstance (relationship between the offender and the subject, whether or not alcohol was involved). If you are involved in sexual activity that you have not given prior consent to, this is classed as rape and the punishment can be severe.
If you are eligible, rape compensation can be awarded to you by the criminal injuries compensation authority (CICA) even if the perpetrator is not found. Although this money can never make up for the physical and mental damage caused by this heinous crime, rape compensation can provide you with significant financial help if you wish to enroll in counselling or therapy.
Anyone who has been involved in penetrative sexual activity where prior consent wasn’t given can claim for rape compensation. Regardless of your factors such as gender, age, profession or the circumstances the crime took place in, you could be eligible to receive financial aid from the CICA. It doesn’t matter if the act of rape happened once or multiple times, if you have ever experienced non-consensual penetration then you can be awarded compensation.
In most cases, the CICA requires that compensation claims must be filed within two years of the rape taking place. However, every incident of rape is different and the CICA take this into account. For example, when seeking compensation for a single incident of rape, it is likely that the CICA would require this to be reported within two years from the rape taking place. However, if you are filing a claim for historic rape which happened multiple times over a number of years for example, the CICA may create an exception to their two-year rule. Each case is unique, call 0151 242 5111 today to find out more about claim eligibility.
Due to the nature of the crime, every case is different and rape compensation reflects this. The average award for a rape assault is around £11,000; the compensation can be higher if you have suffered more than one assault or have a serious disabling mental health condition. We have created a compensation calculator to give you a better idea of the amount of compensation you could receive. Click here to find out more.
Most claims with the CICA can take around 12 months. However, if there are serious health issues (physical or mental) and lost earnings as a result of the assault then the period between filing your claim and receiving compensation can be much longer. Every case is different; to find out more information give our team of dedicated solicitors a call today on 0151 242 5111.