A victim of child sex abuse was refused compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), as the Government Agency believed that the victim had consented, has received an apology.

The victim was abused from the age of 13. He was groomed online and abused by 23 men. Twenty one of the abusers have been convicted of offences including “sexual activity with a child, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and meeting a child after sexual grooming.”

The victim was told that he would not receive any compensation as he had not been a victim of a crime. The family had appealed the decision and an appeal was due to be heard later this month. The CICA have now revised its position before the appeal hearing. Carole Oatway, CICA’s CEO wrote a letter to the victim and said: “I am firmly of the view that you are eligible for compensation. It is clear that advantage was taken of your age and vulnerability for the purpose of sexual abuse.”

Under the current law children under 16 cannot be deemed to have consented, unless they are over 13 and the defendant could reasonably have believed they were 16. The CICA however, used different guidelines to make awards of compensation. The CICA guidelines allow them to argue that some victims had consented to the abuse and were therefore not classed as victims of abuse and not entitled to compensation. Five charities had criticised the CICA guidelines. CICA have said last month that it would alter its guidelines to include children who appeared to have consented could have been subject to coercion.

The victim’s father has spoken about the letter of apology and said that “We are thankful CICA has changed its stance, but it should never have come to this. Having spent years coming to terms with what happened to him and that it was not his fault, my son was told by a state body that it was.”

Jordans Solicitors have a specialist team of Lawyers serving adults who have experienced sexual abuse during their childhood. We use our skills and litigation experience to achieve justice for those who have been harmed and betrayed by trusted individuals and institutions. If you are a survivor of child sexual abuse call us today and our legal team will work with you to determine how best to proceed with your claim against the person or institution that caused you harm.

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