In a groundbreaking decision on behalf of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), child victims of sexual abuse will no longer be denied compensation on the mistaken belief that they consented to the relationship. The guidelines have been changed to take into account grooming, in which children are manipulated into sexual abuse and may be led to believe they had a hand in their own abuse.
We are glad the CICA has changed its guidelines, as we often see in our experience with clients that grooming is a common pattern in abuse. Grooming makes young people incapable of consent feel that they are responsible for the abuse another has perpetrated against them. No one should have to feel that way, and we commend CICA for recognizing this fact and changing its policies accordingly.