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.
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.
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« Go backContact us »