Levels of awards in CICA claims for rape and sexual assault

If you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault then you can apply for an award from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, or make a civil claim against your attacker or, in some instances, their employer.

The level of compensation you may be entitled to is, to some degree, dependent on who makes the payment.

Award from the CICA

mikerasaboxYou can make an application for a financial award (compensation) to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) for both physical and psychiatric injuries, as well as for any financial losses you may have suffered. However not all financial losses are recoverable and your legal adviser will be able to tell you what can be recovered.

The CICA is a government funded organisation that makes payments to the victims of crimes of violence which includes rape and sexual assault. An award can never undo the injury and damage that may have resulted from a sexual attack or rape, but it can help give a sense of closure and the feeling that someone has listened.

The amount of compensation paid by the CICA depends upon on the frequency and extent of any attack/abuse, as well as the age of the victim (minors are classified differently to adults).

When assessing an adult, the CICA uses a tariff based system for valuing claims to produce the various levels of awards, to include:

  • one incident of sexual assault without penetration and over clothing – £1,000.00
  • contracting a sexually transmitted disease £5,500 – £11,000
  • one incident of full penetrative rape – £11,000.00
  • repeated incidents over a period exceeding three years £22,000.00

Abuse over a longer period of time can attract an award as high as £33,000.00 with various levels in-between depending on the above mentioned factors.

Forced oral sex is now regarded as a crime of rape.

In addition, compensation can be awarded for:

  • Physical/Internal injuries
  • STD’s
  • Psychological damage (in limited cases)
  • Pregnancy resulting from the assault – there is no claim for the cost of raising any child that may result
  • Lost income if the period of absence from work exceeds 28 weeks

emma_quoteMaking an application to the CICA  can be a lengthy and complex procedure, especially in rape and sexual assault cases. Our rape and sexual assault team was established to give you the help needed to make an application to the CICA and our expert advice can help you claim the award you deserve.

From filling in the initial application form to advising on the award that you may be offered, we are here to provide help and support.

For advice and assistance with your CICA application:

  • call Mike Massen on 0113 224 7804. We will listen in complete confidence and give you the best advice on the strength of your claim and how much you may be entitled to. We will answer all your questions so that you can decide if you want to proceed with your application to the CICA. If you do, we are here for you and can help.
  • email your contact details with as much information as you want to give us, and we will call or email you; just let us know what works best for you. Email us at: rasa@cohencramer.co.uk 

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