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Historic Child Abuse Claims, Scotland

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Coming to terms with child abuse can be a long process. While some sufferers may have always known they were abused, others may have only recently recognised that what happened to them was abuse.

The effects of historic child sexual abuse can also be long-lasting and can affect physical, emotional and mental health.

Making a claim about historic child abuse can also be a stressful experience.

Our specialist team is here to support you every step of the way. While compensation won’t make up for the abuse you have suffered, it can help you access medical care, and hold perpetrators to account.

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What is historic child sexual abuse?

While “historic abuse” is a commonly used term, it is more accurately known as “non-recent abuse”.

That recognises that there is nothing historic about the suffering inflicted on survivors. It is defined as abuse an adult suffered when they were a child.

The effects of abuse can last for many years, and include:

  • Poor mental health.
  • Guilt or shame.
  • Poor self-esteem.
  • Issues with relationships.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Depression.
  • Issues with alcohol or drugs.

These issues won’t go away simply because you win compensation, but making a historic child abuse claim can be a first step towards putting the past behind you and getting your life under control.

Find out more about our historic abuse claims service today.

Making a historic child abuse claim

There is no time limit on historic child abuse claims.

Even if the perpetrator is deceased, you may be able to make a claim against their estate or the organisation that employed them.

This is because many perpetrators of historic child sexual abuse were in positions of power, in organisations that may have failed in their duty of care.

Some of the most common settings for abuse were:

  • Churches and other religious buildings.
  • Sports clubs.
  • Schools.
  • Children’s homes.

Survivors of abuse may feel understandably anxious about facing their abuser in court. However, the vast majority of cases are settled without court action.

If the claim does go to court, our historic child abuse team will be able to help you get the support you need.

The claims process

When you raise a claim with Jones Whyte, we will progress things at a pace you are comfortable with.

The claim starts with a meeting with one of our team, who will take your statement. This will be handled with the utmost care and sensitivity. If you need someone to come with you for moral support, this is more than welcome.

We will then investigate the claim and gather evidence. This can include:

  • Witness testimony.
  • Medical records.
  • Police reports.

You will be kept updated throughout the process, to ensure you are happy to proceed.

Our team has experience in dealing with all sorts of abuse claims. Find out more about our abuse claims service today.

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