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Sexual Abuse Claims

We understand the sensitive nature of these types of claim and the emotional and psychological impact they have upon victims and their families.

We ensure such claims are dealt with compassionately and professionally with appropriate care and understanding, as required. We ensure suitable rehabilitation treatment is provided where appropriate.

The age of consent to any form of sexual activity is 16.

It is an offence for anybody over the age of 18 to have sexual activity with someone under the age of 18 if the older person has a position of trust such as a school teacher.

Trespass to the person

Deliberate sexual abuse will constitute trespass to the person. The definition of trespass to a person is:

  • Assault—where the perpetrator acts in such a way to cause the claimant to believe that they are about to be attacked.
  • Battery—the perpetrator intentionally and directly uses physical force.
  • False imprisonment—where the victim is deprived of their freedom of movement without lawful justification.

Most of these assaults take place a long time ago, which can result in bringing a claim very complex. For this reason it is vitally important that you do not delay in instructing a specialist lawyer to make sure your claim is brought properly and in time.


Sexual activity with another person without their consent constitutes rape and amounts to trespass to the person. You can make a civil claim against the person who carried out the trespass. In the extreme High Court decision of BJM v Eyre and others a claimant who suffered prolonged sexual abuse which forced him into prostitution was awarded over £200,000 in damages.

You may also make a Criminal Injuries Compensation Claim if you suffer injury (physical or psychological) as a victim of a crime.

If you wish to bring a claim then please act fast and contact us for a FREE initial consultation.

Team members

Chris Tagg
Associate Solicitor / Head of Dispute Resolution Department
Rebekah Baty
Associate / Senior Litigator
Zoe Lawden

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