The High Court's acquittal of George Pell in relation to his child sexual abuse charges has been disheartening news for many Victorians. Kirsty Osborne, Associate at Adviceline Injury Lawyers, said it is important to remember that the Pell verdict does not impact the ability of survivors to continue to bring successful claims for sexual abuse.
Survivors should not lose hope that successful civil claims can be made, said Kirsty. At Adviceline Injury Lawyers, we will continue to listen to survivors tell their stories and support them in obtaining compensation from the individuals and institutions who have wronged them.
Where criminal proceedings have not been pursued, or have been unsuccessful, Kirsty advises that successful civil claims can still be made. These are separate to a criminal prosecution and have a lower standard of proof.
We take particular care in making sure our clients understand the legal options available to them and what is involved in pursuing a claim. We provide clear advice, based on our client's desired outcome, and then ensure that they feel guided and supported through the process.
"Whilst the Pell acquittal may be discouraging for some, survivors should know that they continue to have a voice and, if they speak out, they will be heard.
If you or a loved one has been impacted by sexual abuse and would like to speak with a lawyer, please contact us on (03) 9321 9988.