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Compensation for sexually abused children

Sexually exploited children are being denied compensation by a Government agency on the grounds that they ‘consented’ to their abuse.

Under the current compensation guidelines, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS), child victims of abuse, some as young as 12, are being told that they are not entitled to compensation because they 'complied with' their abuse, even if their attackers have been jailed.

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Any child who has been abused is a victim and we need your help to ensure they get the redress they deserve.

No child groomed and manipulated into sexual abuse should be denied compensation because they complied with their abuse through fear, lack of understanding, or because they were groomed into believing their attacked loved them.

Barnardo’s is part of a group of charities who have written to the then Justice Secretary, David Lidington, calling for an urgent review of the rules.

Find out more in our latest news section and follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #NoConsent.