The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has now published its Accountability and Reparations Investigation Report, which examines how the systems of civil justice, criminal compensation and support services provide effective accountability and reparation to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.
Accountability And Reparations Investigation Report
The Inquiry listened to evidence from lawyers, insurers and police officers during the course of its investigation in an attempt to learn from the past and consider recommendations for improving these services in the future.
Through talking to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, it became clear to the Inquiry that the words ‘accountability’ and ‘reparation’ meant different things to individual survivors.
However, the main things that survivors wanted to see happen following a disclosure of sexual abuse were:
- Punishment of the abuser through the criminal Courts, including Criminal Compensation Orders and Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority awards.
- Holding institutions to account for the failures which had allowed the abuse to happen – this included that institution acknowledging that the abuse should never have been allowed to happen, providing explanations of why it did happen and apologising to the survivor for that. It also included that Institution giving reassurances that they had learned from the lessons of the past and would better protect children in the future.
- Disclosure of abuse, maybe many years after the abuse occurred, often resurrects old wounds, which the survivor may have buried. Going through the process of a criminal case or civil litigation can be extremely stressful and survivors want better support to help them through that process.
- For many survivors, no amount of financial compensation can ever make up for what happened to them. However, others hope that the money might go some way towards helping them to achieve the things that they have been unable to achieve because of the effects of the sexual abuse they suffered.
How Nelsons can help
At Nelsons, we understand that there are many motives for a survivor of childhood abuse wanting to bring a civil claim and are able to guide them through the process. Whilst it is important to understand that the ultimate aim of a personal injury claim is to obtain financial compensation for the effects of the abuse suffered, we will always try to obtain, if possible, the answers and apology that is deserved.
If you suffered abuse, even if it was a long time ago, in residential care or foster care you may be able to make a claim against the Local Authority. If you would like confidential, free advice on whether you can claim compensation, please contact Dianne Collins or Helen Froggatt in our expert Personal Injury team on 0800 024 1976 or via our online form.