Sexual Assault

Sexual abuse of any description is a traumatic type of personal injury. Whilst many victims firstly seek police intervention, and then take their case to a criminal or civil court, it is also possible to file sexual assault as a personal injury. Under personal injury law, sexual assault is categorised as battery or assault. 

What defines sexual assault?

The definition of sexual or indecent assault is an act of physical, psychological and emotional violation, in the form of a sexual act, inflicted without consent. It also involves forcing or manipulating someone to witness or participate in any sexual acts, suffered during childhood or adulthood.

Rape Crisis England and Wales, estimates that nearly half a million adults are sexually assaulted in England and Wales each year, with only 15% of those who experience sexual violence choosing to report it to the police.

Types of damages

If a sexual assault case is taken to a criminal or civil court, no compensation will be given to the victim.  A victim will be required to file a personal injury claim to attain compensation.  

There are different types of damages that are available in a personal injury claim: general damages- for pain, suffering, and loss of amenity, and special damages for past and future losses such as costs for specialist psychological treatment.

Depending on case circumstances, a victim may be liable to request aggravated damages: compensation may be given to a victim for injury to their emotional state being aggravated by the circumstances when the injury was caused, or the conduct of the defendant after the act was committed.

Commonly injuries sustained in sexual abuse cases are psychological; however, compensation can be sought for any physical injuries sustained.

If you are a victim of sexual assault and have any queries please contact us for free confidential legal advice, this can be over the telephone or in person at our office or any venue of your choice. We will advise you on all the legal options available to you in a professional but easy to understand way.

Our Personal Injury team here at Ison Harrison Solicitors have expertise in abuse cases. With experience comes our dedication to treating clients with utmost respect. We understand how harrowingly difficult it is to come forward with sexual or physical abuse claims. Our lawyers handle such cases with complete sensitivity and understanding; we recognise how traumatic these situations are. It is vital for your wellbeing to resolve such issues and we aim to take the burden of this from you

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