Compensation for sexual assault by groping

Sexual assault claims

More and more people are coming forward to tell the police that they have been groped. The police are now listening. For years such incidents were no more than lightly investigated and rarely prosecuted. However perhaps due to high profile cases such as Taylor Swift's claim against DJ David Mueller in 2017, these incidents are taken far more seriously.

I have been groped, how do I claim compensation?

The incident must be reported to the police and ideally there must be witnesses. Examples of cases which lead to prosecutions include sexual assault waiting for a tram, getting on a bus, and in the workplace. Once it has been reported and the police or if on a train, British Transport Police investigate and pass over to the CPS to prosecute, you should be able to claim.

How do I go about claiming for compensation for sexual groping?

If you speak to a criminal injuries compensation solicitor they should be able to tell you if there is sufficient evidence for you to bring a successful claim. Once you have spoken to a solicitor you can decide if you would like their help bringing the claim, or you can do it yourself.

How much compensation will I receive?

These sexual offences are at the more minor end of the CICA compensation scale, so will usually be awarded between £1,000 and £3,000 depending upon whether the groping occurred over clothing or beneath clothing. Our criminal injuries compensation calculator offers a guide as to how much you could claim.

How long will it take for me to receive compensation?

CICA cases do vary enormously in timescale, from as little as 2 months, to many years. The CICA say on average a case will take 1 year. In our experience there is no such thing as an average sexual assault claim. They are very personal, and the circumstances are so very individual. Our Jonathan Winston who has been advising on CICA claims since 1995 will give you an personal indication of how long your case will take.

Do I need to wait for the Court Case?

You do not, and unfortunately there are far too many victims who wait and their case is delayed. By the time they decide to make a claim,  the CICA tell them they are out of time. This is because they have to bring their claim within 2 years of the assault happening. Our advice is don't delay. Once you are aware the CPS are prosecuting you should commence your claim.

For a free no obligation chat about your claim call 0113 320 5000, or email cica@winstonsolicitors.co.uk.

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