Lack of compensation for child sexual abuse victims 'unacceptable'

Children’s commissioner for England calls for rewrite of rules that withhold payments from children who ‘consented’ to abuse

The children’s commissioner for England has condemned draft government rules that mean children as young as 12 could miss out on compensation because they “consented” to their own sexual abuse.

Anne Longfield called for the justice secretary, David Lidington, to rewrite the “deeply shocking” child sexual abuse guidelines drawn up by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

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