If you have suffered sexual, physical, emotional or psychological abuse or an assault, it is common to feel that the person who committed the offences should be held responsible and pay compensation. In many abuse cases it is more advantageous to bring the claim against a body or organisation rather than an individual, whether it is a celebrity or public figure, such as priest abuse.
However, if there is no other cause of action then it is possible to bring a claim against the abuser themselves. This is often a viable option where the abuse has been committed by a family member or someone who has been found guilty of the offence in a criminal court.
Celebrity abuse cases
In cases where abuse has been committed by a high profile celebrity, it is more common that compensation will be sought from them personally. There have been many recent allegations in the press and criminal convictions regarding abuse and harassment by high profile individuals such as Jimmy Saville, Stuart Hall, Barry Bennell and Rolf Harris.
Increased media coverage and social media campaigns such as the #metoo movement has resulted in many victims feeling able to speak out and report their experiences of abuse and harassment. It has shown that no matter what their personal profile, they can be held accountable for their actions.
Bringing forward a claim against an individual
Depending on who they are, bringing forward a claim for historical sexual abuse against an individual can cause complications. Against a family member or family friend you will need good support due to the social and emotional impact it might have on you and others.
Defendants can become hostile and even though you may not have to face your abuser in court, it is always a possibility. Pursuing a claim can also be difficult if they live overseas or are hard to trace. Plus, should they not have enough money or assets then they may not be able to satisfy the court judgement for compensation.
For these reasons, it can sometimes make more sense to bring a case against a company or group for historical sexual abuse, physical assaults or psychological damage. Speak to one of our expert abuse solicitors and they will advise you on the best course of action.
Jordans individual abuse claims and advice
At Jordans we have many years of experience representing abuse survivors. We have always been committed to campaigning for increased awareness about the scale of historical sexual abuse and harassment that has occurred throughout the UK for many decades.
If you have been the victim of abuse, assault or harassment, or know someone who has, our team of specialist lawyers are here to listen to your experiences and provide advice on your legal rights. Your case will be handled with the utmost levels of confidentiality, professionalism, sensitivity and understanding.
What can we do?
The effects of abuse on a child can have far reaching implications, having an extreme impact on their development as adults and their day-to-day functioning.
Our Child abuse solicitors are best placed to provide support and guidance at a very difficult time. If you or someone you know has suffered historical sexual abuse, physical or emotional bullying in any of the situations outlined above please contact the abuse team on our dedicated freephone number 0800 9555 094. One of our specialist child abuse lawyers will be happy to discuss your situation and offer advice for the next steps in confidence.
Even though we cannot change what has happened in the past, our team will endeavour to recover compensation. This can work towards helping you rebuild your life.
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