Karina Evemy explains that claiming compensation can enable victims of rape related assault to make a recovery by funding rape counselling and therapy
Statistics released by the government show that between 60,000 – 90,000 people suffer a rape related assault in England and Wales each year.
However, although this is a shocking statistic the true figure could be much higher as many assaults go unreported.
Although women are the victims of most rape related assaults, men and children are also affected.
This type of assault can be particularly traumatic for victims and can cause long-lasting psychological problems.
In the aftermath of a sexual assault or rape, survivors can face extremely difficult and painful emotions. Each survivor responds to traumatic events in their own way. Some victims are able to deal with the trauma and get their lives back on track, but for others the suffering lasts a lot longer. Finding the strength to move on can be difficult, especially where specialist support is not available, and a proportion of victims never fully recover.
All survivors of rape and sexual assault should be able to access the help they need to empower them to deal with the impact of the crime. However, accessing services can be problematic and the provision of services in the UK can be patchy.
This is why we factor this into any compensation settlement package.
The compensation that victims of rape related assault receive can never turn back the clock, but money can be used positively in order to aid recovery.
A legal settlement can take into account a range factors. In addition to receiving compensation for the physical, mental, emotional, and psychological anguish of the rape itself, consideration can also be given to additional payments for funding rape counselling and specialist therapy.
Claims can also be made for:
- Medical expenses – for any medication, equipment, surgery, or private health care that is needed.
- Travel expenses – for any travelling that is required. For example, travelling to see a counsellor or other healthcare professionals.
- Loss of earnings – for any time you may have spent recovering and were unable to work.
- Care costs – for any nursing care needed or help around the house.
At Slee Blackwell we understand that it can be painful to talk about these experiences, but we’re here to help you through this process and recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
Our specialist team of lawyers deal with rape compensation claims throughout England and Wales. They operate a free legal helpline which you can call on 0808 139 1606 for a confidential chat about how we can help you.