Despite growing awareness of abuse of people with learning disabilities and prospective legal improvements, it is still uncommon for people with learning disabilities to obtain justice for experiences of abuse. It has been recognised that recent legislation pertaining to the Sexual Offences Act, as well as the Mental Health Act, has been little used and has not provided effective protection for people with learning disabilities, especially if abuse is perpetrated by another person with learning disabilities. This can leave the abused person feeling, among other things, disempowered and silenced, which can be compounded if they are believed by professionals and others and still no justice is evident. This paper is an account of supporting a man with learning disabilities, both therapeutically and legally, to obtain recognition of his experience of sexual abuse by using the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) as an alternative to the criminal justice system.
Mellan, B. and Mauladad, F. (2004), "Supporting a Person with Learning Disabilities for Criminal Injuries Compensation", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 37-43. https://doi.org/10.1108/13595474200400026
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