Landmark Victory for Sexual Abuse Survivor Denied Compensation Under Discriminatory 'Same Roof Rule'

On 24th July 2018, senior judges ruled the archaic 'same roof rule', which denies some sexual abuse survivors Criminal Injuries Compensation, is incompatible with human rights law, after one survivor took her case to the Court of Appeal. The woman, who was sexually abused by her stepfather from the ages of 4 to 17, had previously been denied Criminal Injuries Compensation because the abuse took place before 1979 and she had lived with her abuser at the time. This landmark ruling means sexual abuse survivors in a similar situation will no longer be denied Criminal Injuries Compensation on this basis. Read Rape Crisis England and Wales statement here

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