Compensating child sexual assault victims within statutory schemes: Imagining a more effective compensatory framework

 
Author(s)Forster, Christine; and Patrick Parkinson
Title Compensating child sexual assault victims within statutory schemes: Imagining a more effective compensatory framework
Source University of New South Wales Law Journal 23 (2) 2000 : p. 172.
Date 2000
Document type Journal article
Coverage Australia
Summary This article discusses whether reforms to statutory compensation schemes have affected the entitlement of child sexual assault victims to claim compensation. There is also discussion about how a compensation scheme should assess the level of compensation that should be paid to victims of child sexual assault. The authors consider the compensation schemes operating in Australia, examining their purpose, the discretionary and tariff based models and discuss the legislative changes and reforms that have occurred and some of the reasons for these. The authors discuss some of the problems that arise from compensation schemes in relation to victims of child sexual assault, such as the need for proof of psychological harm, the consideration of the sexual abuse as an act of violence, and the problems of predicting the level of injury and suffering the child victim will experience in the future. It is suggested that compensation for child sexual abuse should not be accommodated within victims compensation schemes and new approaches need to be considered.
Keywords Victims compensation; compensation; child sexual assault;
Topic Compensation; sexual assault