Justice secretary urged to rewrite child sexual abuse guidelines

Exclusive: Draft rules could mean children as young as 12 being held responsible for their abuse and so refused compensation

MPs have urged the justice secretary, David Lidington, to rewrite “extremely damaging” official guidance that means children as young as 12 could be held responsible for their own sexual abuse.

New rules the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) have drawn up mean some child victims of sexual assault could be refused compensation on the grounds that they “consented” even if their abuser has been jailed.

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