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Background Info

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is an executive agency of the UK Government. The Authority, established in 1996 and based in Glasgow, administers a compensation scheme for injuries caused to victims of violent crime in England, Scotland and Wales. Despite the CICA being an executive of the Department of Justice, criminal compensation is a devolved matter and the Scottish Government is a key stakeholder in the CICA.

The “same roof rule” states that compensation cannot be paid to a victim prior to October 1979 – i.e. where the victim was living under the same roof as the offender at the time of the incident. Such victims are thus presently excluded from making a successful claim. I would ask that the Scottish Government as a key stakeholder in CICA, seek a change in the rules for compensation claims arising from incidents in Scotland relating to crimes before 1979 where the perpetrator was resident in the same home. However, it would normally be for the UK Government to amend the scheme and if the Scottish Government was unable to obtain this change then the Scottish Government should create a separate mechanism that adequately compensates those victims.

Such victims have sadly suffered many years of anguish and upset, and to be further dismissed out of hand by the CICA does little to restore their faith in the system. To be considered as a “burden” by Westminster is wholly unacceptable. Studies among survivors of childhood sexual abuse show that victims of childhood sexual abuse are most likely to suffer poorer health in adult years and their life expectancy can be reduced by 10 years or more! I would submit that being consistently abused from e.g. the age of 2 until the age of 16 by a close family member must surely be more traumatic that a one of incident from someone outside the family. Bear in mind that these victims were abused in the 50’s 60’s and 70’s when there was little or no child protection and child abuse was not to be talked about.

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