Victims of violent crime seeking damages for their injuries from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority can obtain legal representation from our personal injury solicitors. Our rape compensation solicitors deal with claims using the no win no fee* principle whereby you are not required to pay any fees upfront and neither will pay anything should the application for compensation prove unsuccessful.
If you have been a victim of crime and have been sexually assaulted our rape compensation solicitors can help you to make a no win no fee* rape compensation claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. You will receive a sympathetic hearing from advisers who specialise in making claims for compensation for personal injury. If you would prefer, we can make arrangements for you to speak to a rape compensation solicitor of your own gender. Our sexual assault and rape compensation claims are completely risk free and you will not be asked to fund or finance the claim as it proceeds. There are sources of compensation for rape in addition to the CICA including :-
Claims for compensation for violent crime can be made directly to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and no fee is usually payable. You do not have to instruct a solicitor to represent you and if there are no complicated issues it may be to your advantage to claim directly.
A sexual offence that may be liable for criminal prosecution can be defined as any offence that is sexual in nature or intention and includes rape, buggery, indecent assault, sexual assault, and child abuse:
Crimes of sexual assault, buggery and rape are rampant in the United Kingdom. According to government records, an estimated 50,000 rapes or attempted rapes occur every year and a further 200,000 sexual assaults are perpetrated yearly. Broken down, this means that at least 200 women are raped every day and for every 20 women, 1 has been the victim of rape. Regrettably, most of these sexual assaults go unreported and do not translate into applications for rape compensation to the CICA by rape compensation solicitors.
If you have been a victim of crime and have been sexually assaulted or raped you should go to a place where you feel safe preferably in the company of others as soon as possible after the assault. Try to ensure that you are not left alone and seek medical help as soon as possible either at the accident and emergency department of your local hospital or at your general practitioners surgery. Examination and treatment are also usually available at the Genito Urinary Clinic at most larger hospitals, at Well Woman Clinics and at the Family Planning Clinic.
Rape can happen to anyone, young or old, black or white, female or male and the UK Government estimates that in 2004 there were almost 200,000 serious sexual assaults and almost 50,000 rapes or attempted rapes amongst both men and women. One in 20 women in the UK has been the victim of rape and almost 200 women are raped every day but only one in five attacks is reported to the police.
In order for a rape compensation solicitor to succeed in a claim for damages you will need to report the incident to the Police as soon as possible If you do not want to go to the Police Station arrangements can usually be made for you to be interviewed at home. You should ensure that you keep all clothing and do not shower or bathe as you may be required to provide DNA evidence of the assault.
Rohypnol, commonly known as 'roofies' is a common date rape drug. The would-be attacker discreetly slips the drug into the victims drink and the unsuspecting victim consumes it. Due to its sedative nature, Rohypnol leaves the victim with little or no memory of what happened after the drug was consumed. Rapists also make use of other pharmaceutical drugs such as GHB and Ketamine to sedate their victims. These drugs are hard to detect because they dissolve quickly into the system. It is extremely important for rape victims to seek immediate medical attention for detection and preservation of critical evidence. It is worth noting that apprehension or conviction of the attacker is not a prerequisite for lodging an application to the CICA or getting a successful rape compensation claim.
Date rape or drug rape is a common method of operation for habitual rapists who spike a victim's drink by secretly putting a pharmaceutical drug into an alcoholic drink during a night out. One of the most commonly used drugs is Rohypnol or 'roofie' which works by sedating the victim who often appears to be very drunk with co-ordination problems. The drug is most likely to be introduced into coloured drinks such as red wine or cola to disguise it presence and the drug stays in the system for only short period of time. If drug rape is suspected it is essential to report it to the Police as soon as possible so that a urine sample can be taken before the body removes the last remnants of the drug usually within 48 hours of ingestion. Other pharmaceutical products used by rapist include GHB and Ketamine which are powerful tranquilisers and can be difficult to detect. Guidelines for safe drinking include:-
Victims must promptly report the matter to the police in order to become eligible for compensation for injuries incurred following the sexual offence. Home interviews can be arranged for victims who are not keen on visiting a police station. Seeking immediate medical attention is highly recommended as it may assist in the preservation of crucial evidence like DNA that will aid the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of the attacker.
Co-operation with the police as well as prosecuting authorities are key requirements for a rape compensation solicitor to make a successful application to the CICA.
Victim Support is a charity which helps over a million victims and witnesses of crime every year. Their services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened. Victim Support is a totally independent organisation which is not part of the police or courts. They have a network of local branches staffed by experienced volunteers throughout the United Kingdom. There are separate organisation for crimes committed on residents of England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Trained volunteers at Victim Support are able to offer :-
If you have been affected by a crime can you can contact Victim Support directly for help or alternatively the Police will make contact about your case if you request them to do so.
Our rape compensation solicitors will offer you free legal advice on issues related to a CICA application. Our solicitors will also answer any questions you may have regarding the claims process. Contact us by filling in the contact form or you can call or email us. Consultation is completely free and does not put you under any obligation.