18 Jul 2017

Sexually abused children refused compensation

Health and Social Care Correspondent

Hundreds of children who’ve been sexually abused are being refused compensation by a government agency, in a few cases because they’re said to have given consent. The legal age of consent is 16. In the last hour, a spokesperson for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority said they were urgently reviewing their guidelines. We’ve been talking to one young woman who was assaulted by an older man when she was just 14. Although he was jailed, she was denied compensation, leaving her feeling devastated.