Ensure that children who have been abused are not denied compensation because it appears they may have given consent
The law claims that children are not capable of consent
The compensation scheme should be revised to accept this concept
Why is this important?
Children who suffer abuse often think it is their fault
By refusing to compensate them the government and the Ministry of Justice is reinforcing that belief
The abused will suffer the effects for the rest of their lives, please do not add to their trauma by accusing them of inviting the abuse by a tacit consent
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) has refused payments to almost 700 child victims even if their attackers have been jailed, freedom of information requests have revealed.