In England compensation for sexually assault can be valued at between £10,000 and £60,000.
Some years ago, the German government abolished compensation payouts for sex abuse cases except where there was corroborated evidence (German compensation program 2004-2005). The result was a drop of over 80% in the number of complaints from would be ‘victims’ which means that there could be over 50% of UK men now convicted – who are innocent (Justice Gap 30 July 2015)
Victims of violent crime can make an application under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and/or bring a civil claim.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is a government funded scheme designed to compensate blameless victims of violent crime in Great Britain. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), administer the Scheme and decide all claims. The rules of the Scheme and the value of the payments awarded are set by Parliament and are calculated by reference to a tariff of injuries.
In the past the fact that the assault or abuse occurred many years ago could have prevented a claimant from bringing a civil claim. Through a landmark decision in the House of Lords case A v Hoare , a victim of historic abuse or assault can still bring a civil claim for abuse compensation even if it did not take place within the normal three year limitation period. This case has therefore had widespread consequences for victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Incidents that may have occurred many years previously or even in childhood may still be actionable. This has opened the door to many victims who would have previously been out of time to bring their claim for assault compensation.
There are numerous websites where compensation under the CICA can be easily calculated making it very attractive for false accusers. There are also numerous legal firms who will conduct civil compensation claims on a no win, no fee basis and CICA claims on a contingency fee basis, generally 25% of the award.