General Article Sexually abused children as young as 12 refused compensation on grounds they ‘consented’

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Hundreds of child victims refused payouts by Government agency since 2012, FOI figures reveal.

By May Bulman

Sexually abused children as young as 12 are being refused compensation by a Government agency on the grounds that they “consented” to their abuse, charities have warned.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) has refused payouts to nearly 700 child victims of sexual abuse since 2012, ranging between £1,000 and £44,000, according to a Freedom of Information request.


The charity coalition, which includes Barnardo’s, Victim Support and Liberty, has written to the Justice Secretary David Lidington, demanding the Government urgently reviews CICA’s guidelines.


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