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Victims of childhood sexual abuse are more likely to report the incidents in their 40’s and 50’s

It seems that more and more victims of childhood sexual abuse are coming forward with the latest revelation coming from the football world.

Ex footballer Andy Woodward recently waived his anonymity to bravely talk about the sexual abuse he suffered in the 1980’s at the hands of his coach, who at the time, had a reputation for being an outstanding coach and talent spotter in the sport.

Revealing that he had been targeted from the age of 11 and suffered hundreds of rapes over a period of several years, the Football Association has since reacted by setting up a helpline for further potential victims.

Sexual abuse case highlights the long term damage suffered by victims

High profile reports on sexual abuse cases at the hands of public figures such as Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris and Gary Glitter to name a few, have arguably helped to encourage more victims of sexual abuse to come forward.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales however, reports that as many as 56% of the victims who participated in its research were survivors of sexual assault at the hands of someone closer to home.

Child sexual abuse – financial help for victims

Victims of child sexual abuse are entitled to compensation as a result of the physical and / or psychological issues caused by the abuse. The sentencing yesterday of seven members of the Oxford paedophile sex gang brought to an end a lengthy trial which heard harrowing accounts from a number of victims of the gang who were repeatedly and sadistically sexually assaulted by the gang.

The victims told the Court how the gang members had groomed and brainwashed them before sexually abusing them and in some instances, the girls were also sold on to other paedophiles. Each of the seven gang members were yesterday given lengthy prison sentences, including life sentences for five of the gang members.

Shaken baby syndrome criminal injury compensation

Shaken baby syndrome criminal injury compensation is available to victims. Shaken baby syndrome is a form of child abuse. It is estimated in the UK that there are up to 500 cases every year of shaken baby syndrome. The baby is injured when an adult forcibly shakes the baby, creating a whiplash motion that causes acceleration and deceleration injuries.

Sexual abuse compensation claims – what you need to know

Sexual abuse is the forcing of sexual behaviour by one person upon another. When that force is of short duration it is called sexual assault. The offender is referred to a sexual abuser. The term sexual abuse covers any behaviour by any adult towards another adult or a child victim where the victim has not consented. When the victim is younger than the age of consent (16 in the UK) the abuse is referred to as child sexual abuse.

Inadequate Criminal Injuries Compensation

The low compensation awards awarded by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority have been highlighted in a recent high profile case. In 2008 Ben Kinsella, brother of actress and anti knife campaigner Brooke Kinsella, was murdered in a unprovoked knife attack. Ben’s parents applied for compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and, as a result of that Application, Ben’s parents received the fixed bereavement award totalling £10,000.00.

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