Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) publishes Interim Report; Rape Crisis responds
Sexual abuse makes you doubt you are of any worth ‒ I had thoughts that the world would be better off without me. - Victim and survivor, the Truth Project (‘Have your say’)
The sexual assault I experienced aged nine has affected all my relationships with others: family, work, romantic, social and my relationship with myself. Its effect has been and still is catastrophic. - Victim and survivor, the Truth Project (‘Have your say’)
The Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published its Interim Report.
Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW) welcomes IICSA’s inclusion of the needs and experiences of adult survivors within the Report; adult survivors of child sexual abuse are so often marginalised and consequently ignored.
The Report highlights a number of important issues relating to child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation and makes some crucial recommendations that will impact adults, young people and children.
Rape Crisis welcomes the recommendation that a joint inspection of compliance with the Victims’ Code be commissioned. We’re also pleased to see the Inquiry echo our own calls for long overdue reforms to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS), including the right for victims and survivors denied compensation under the discriminatory ‘same-roof’ rule to reapply and have their applications approved.
Rape Crisis will continue to call for a comprehensive overhaul of the CICS to ensure the provision of an informed, fair system. Rape Crisis will also be seeking clarity from the CICS on what victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation can expect after making a Criminal Injuries Compensation application, in light of these IICSA recommendations.
The Report highlights the importance of specialist support and therapeutic services for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, and the urgent need for more sustainable resourcing to fulfil the currently unmet demand for these services.
In light of this, Rape Crisis is extremely disappointed that a significant opportunity to begin to address this urgent need - by making an explicit recommendation that the Government establish a sustainable funding model for specialist sexual violence and abuse support services - has been side-lined by this IICSA Interim Report.