Victims of Sexual Assault

Have you, or has someone you love, been the victim of child sexual or physical abuse, at the hands of a person or institution you thought you could trust, like a school or a church? Has your experience of child abuse damaged your quality of life?

Child abuse is always harmful and traumatic, but in society today, it is being talked about a lot more. Help is available for any victim, any time, anywhere. While Wyatts Compensation Lawyers can’t change what happened to you or your loved one, the legal team can help you get the financial assistance you need to improve your life and relieve some of your suffering, by suing the institution or person responsible.

No matter when you were abused, and no matter where it happened – at school, in church, at work, in a care facility, in a government organisation, on private property, or even at home – you are entitled to compensation. The injustice you have suffered is real, as are the mental and emotional scars. Child abuse stays with victims for life and can have deeply troubling consequences. Suing those responsible for compensation can alleviate your future suffering.

The staff at Wyatts have the experience, compassion and discretion to provide the legal support you need if you have been the victim of child abuse or sexual or physical assault. Wyatts is a family-owned business – the staff here are parents too – and the Wyatts team takes child abuse matters very seriously. You can call Wyatts at any time on 1800 773 880 or send an email.

Wyatts Compensation Lawyers are ready to listen to your case and whether you prefer to tell your story on the phone or in person, your first conversation is free.

Justice and Compensation for Child Abuse Now: What You Need to Know

Opening up about child abuse

Child abuse is one of the most disturbing and harmful crimes in society. Victims can suffer its psychological effects for the rest of their lives, experiencing trouble with relationships, employment, health and even the law. For a long time, this just wasn’t talked about. A lot of abuse took place in institutions that seemed trustworthy to most people. Sometimes abuse even took place within the home. It still goes on in many places. Sufferers can repress their experiences for years, a silence that can create serious problems for them and those close to them.

Now, that is changing. Thanks to good and caring work by advocacy groups and the law, sufferers have the chance to tell their stories and find justice. Perhaps the most important sign of how seriously the law takes child abuse in Australia is the recently created Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse. So many people felt ready to come forward with their stories that the Royal Commission was extended by two years, so that it could hear from as many people as possible.

Another part of achieving justice for child abuse is claiming compensation from the organisation or the person responsible for the harm. This is your right and it applies to recent abuse or abuse that took place many years ago and that is only now affecting your life. Past and recent sufferers have achieved justice and compensation both in and out of court.

Telling other people about child abuse can be difficult and traumatic, but there are many organisations that can help. You can contact the local police, who will have a dedicated team ready to hear your story, but the Royal Commission website also offers a full list of organisations you can contact, for free, to talk about your experiences with qualified professionals. Click here to visit the web-page.

If you are thinking about claiming compensation for the abuse that you or a member of your family has suffered, expert and compassionate legal advice can make a big difference in your case. Wyatts Compensation Lawyers offer a personal, one-on-one service whatever your situation. The staff here won’t just treat you like a number, but will listen with sympathy to all our clients’ cases and offer the advice you need. You can call at any time on 1800 773 880 or send an email.

What you can claim compensation for

Different kinds of child abuse

Child abuse can take many forms and can be sexual or physical in nature. Physical abuse might not involve sexual contact, but could involve violence or other mistreatment. Abuse could have happened over many years or even only once, but it is a serious crime and can have devastating effects on sufferers’ quality of life – and so sufferers have every right to claim compensation for injustice.

Child abuse committed by anyone, in any place or institution

One of the most upsetting things about child abuse is that it can happen in places where you would normally trust people to protect children and look after their wellbeing. The Royal Commission has revealed many cases of how this trust can be broken. The law gives you the right to claim compensation no matter where child abuse has taken place. It covers all kinds of institutions, organisations and situations, including:

  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Churches (Catholic, Anglican, Uniting, Presbyterian, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Assemblies of God, Hillsong), mosques and temples
  • Religious organisations – local groups attached to churches, independent small religious groups, or larger organisations like the Salvation Army, the YMCA or YWCA
  • Children’s care facilities, run by governments or charities
  • Situations involving people in positions of trust, who have breached that trust – teachers, doctors, sports coaches, team leaders, other responsible adults

Sometimes, sadly, child abuse can happen within the victim’s own home and family. These cases are often handled by the police and compensation lawyers aren’t usually involved. But Wyatts Compensation Lawyers can still help, especially if you think your case isn’t being handled in the best way possible. The legal team here is ready to listen to your story, whatever may have happened to you.

Coming forward with your child abuse compensation claim

Child abuse is always a distressing matter, for victims and everyone around them, and coming forward to claim compensation may not be easy for you. Wyatts supports every compensation case with compassion, discretion and tenacity, always focusing the team’s legal experience on helping you, and on achieving the best result possible, to help you regain quality of life.

You can seek legal help at any time, by calling 1800 773 880 or by sending an email. Your first consultation is always free, and the team are happy to meet you in person or hear your story by phone, whichever you prefer. Members of the team are also ready to travel to your home if you are disabled, wherever you live. No matter how small or difficult your case may seem, Wyatts Compensation Lawyers are ready to listen.

The kinds of compensation you can claim

The compensation you are entitled to can be paid in different ways, depending on your case. It could come as a lump sum or in weekly instalments, over short or long periods.

While the payment method can vary, there are a few basic things you can claim compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering (compensation for these is usually paid in a single sum, which can be large)
  • Past and future loss of earnings, if the effects of the abuse you suffered have prevented you from working
  • Immediate and future costs for any medical treatment or ongoing care that you need
  • Your legal costs

Compensation claims for child abuse, no matter what your situation

If any of the situations mentioned on this page concern you, or you are in a situation that sounds like anything we have described, then call Wyatts today on 1800 773 880 or send an email. The legal team is ready to listen to your story and arrange an initial meeting, free of charge, either on the phone or in person, whichever makes you more comfortable.

The compensation lawyers at Wyatts understand, as parents themselves, the trauma and grief that child abuse situations can cause. Wyatts can advise you fully on your rights and entitlements, with care and sympathy.

If the incident occurred a number of years ago, please do not worry. Your suffering is still real, and the team here has experience and a strong record of success in cases that relate to abuse that happened far in the past.

No matter where you are or what your story is, contact Wyatts, because the team here cares. Wyatts is here to help and to fight for your rights. The firm has four offices, conveniently located in the Sydney CBD, Parramatta and Rockdale. You need to make an appointment in the Sydney CBD, and Parramatta offices, but wherever you live, the Wyatts phone lines are open 24/7. The number is 1800 773 880 or you can send an email.

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