Cut in compensation for rape victims who had been drinking
Wednesday 13 August 2008
Fourteen rape victims who were drinking alcohol before they were attacked have had their compensation cut in the past year. A clause says payments can be reduced if alcohol consumption "gave rise to the injury".
One woman, who was raped four years ago after her drink was spiked, overturned a decision by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to award her a reduced amount. It was 25 per cent lower than the standard award of £11,000 because "the evidence shows that your excessive consumption of alcohol was a contributing factor".
The Justice minister Bridget Prentice said: "It is not policy to reduce the level of award to a victim of rape due to alcohol consumption. It is never an individual's fault if he/she gets raped."
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