Compensation for childhood sexual abuse

Compensation for childhood sexual abuse

In a recent judgement, a victim of repeated sexual assaults during her childhood by her older brother was successful in obtaining compensation directly against the perpetrator. Genna Angelowitsch represented the Plaintiff and sought compensation directly from the assailant, including filing County Court proceedings. The Plaintiff won her trial in 2016, but the offender appealed the matter to the Court of Appeal. In a judgement delivered on 23 June 2017, the Court of Appeal found that there was no error in the original trial judge's decision and did not disturb her award of $215,000. In reaching their conclusion, the three appellate justices determined that the trial judge had applied the relevant legal tests correctly and there was sufficient evidence to reach the conclusions she ultimately came to. In late 2015, Victorian legislation was amended to remove time limits for victims of childhood physical or sexual abuse from bringing a claim directly against the offender, or against an organisation that failed to prevent the abuse from occurring. If you or someone you know has been a victim of abuse, we invite you to speak to one of our expert injury lawyers on (03) 9321 9988 to find out if you would be eligible for compensation.

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