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Rape compensation still not paid

Traumatised woman
Not all of the women affected have come forward

Compensation has still not been paid in full to some rape victims who had their payouts incorrectly reduced because they had been drinking when attacked.

Some 23 victims in England, Scotland and Wales had their compensation cut over the past three years.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority says it has dealt with seven cases of victims who have come forward.

But 16 are still outstanding because the authority says it cannot be sure victims would welcome being contacted.

Moved on

Justice Minister Bridget Prentice said guidelines had been misapplied, after the authority said last month that the compensation should not have been cut.

The authority said it had dealt quickly with seven victims who had been in contact.

In the other 16 cases, the money had not been paid out because the authority insists the victim had to make the first move.

In a statement, the Ministry of Justice said the compensation authority believed that making contact with victims may be unwelcome due to the emotive nature of the event.

Victims may have put the matter behind them and moved on with their lives, it added.


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