- Our client was sexually abused while at a juvenile detention centre in the mid-1970s.
- The defendant argued that there was no evidence of the event.
- We were able to secure $300,000 in payout for our client.
The plaintiff was both sexually and physically assaulted by an unidentified officer on one occasion and reported the abuse to the superintendent at the time. The superintendent did nothing to reprimand or remove the officer, nor did the official offer assistance to the victim.
The defendant argued that there was nothing in the contemporaneous records capable of corroborating the plaintiff’s allegations. The defendant also argued that they did not possess any documented evidence establishing that it was on notice of any complaints of physical, psychological or sexual abuse of the plaintiff.
“Nothing stopped us from persevering with our client’s claim and arguing that the abuse took a negative toll on the plaintiff’s life.“
Nevertheless, this did not stop us from persevering with our client’s claim and arguing that the abuse took a negative toll on the plaintiff’s life. The event affected our client’s ability to work, maintain healthy relationships with others and resulted in our client’s dependency on drugs and alcohol as a way to numb the pain and torment of the child abuse.
While the sum of money received by victims of childhood sexual abuse will never resolve the traumatic experience of the abuse or reverse past wrongs, it helps victims find some sense of closure.
If you have an enquiry in relation to a potential child abuse or sexual assault claim, please call us at 1800 004 878 and speak to one of our experienced lawyers. You can also email us via an online enquiry form for your convenience.
We were able to secure $300,000 in payout for our client.
Frequently Asked Questions
Division 10 of the Crimes Act 1900 outlines the criminal offence of sexual assault, as well as the definitions for ‘sexual intercourse’ and other related terminology.
Put simply, sexual assault constitutes any unwanted sexual behaviour committed by one person or a group of people towards another without consent. Continue reading for more information.
The commission has hit headlines recently due to its work in uncovering child sexual abuse claims against various religious organisations across Australia.
However, it’s not just the church that the agency investigates; all major institutions fall under its remit, including schools, sports clubs and government organisations. The authority explores private, public and non-government bodies that have at any point in time interacted with children.
More Case Summaries
Case Overview Our client suffered unimaginable loss following her 12-hour labour, delivering her first child by emergence caesarean. A few hours after our clients baby
Case Overview Our clients youngest son was born in 2002, following a serious car accident that left his parents with severe injuries. The accident caused
Case Overview Our client was born with Quadriplegic Dystonic Cerebral Palsy, which was caused by complications during delivery. During labour, our client’s mother was administered
Case Overview Our client is a survivor of historical abuse which dates back to 1988. Having been made a ward of the state at age
Case Overview We acted for a client who was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. The other driver collided into the rear of our
Case Overview Our client, despite informing staff she felt dizzy after undergoing radiological investigations were carried out, was left on her own in a small