Sexual Abuse Claims – Summary

Sexual abuse can occur anywhere at any age. Whether it was the Catholic Church or a private/public school misusing or abusing their power, you can claim compensation at any time.

We understand that if you have suffered abuse that you are in pain. We also realise that your trust may have been betrayed which led to you being abused. We cannot ever make it right, but we can give you a voice and the legal support to get some justice through compensation. The guilty will not acknowledge their wrong-doing voluntarily – making a claim can bring you one step closer to reclaiming your life.

We will have your back the entire way should you choose to use our legal services.

Roche Legal currently only offers representation for victims of abuse that occurred in an institution. An ‘institution’ means an organisation of some kind such as a school or church.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is vital to have legal representation in a claim for sexual abuse compensation. We will not pretend that it is easy. So it is important not only to stay strong but to also have strong lawyers. We will sit with you and go through the process so that you understand what is involved and what your legal rights are.

How we approach each claim for sexual abuse depends on the particular circumstances. Sometimes we might go through a full legal process whilst in other cases we might seek to obtain an informal settlement without the need for litigation. The appropriate strategy will be discussed with you in advance.

Claims such as these are one way to take back some control of your life – and even if you have already done this – it can help provide vindication and justice.

Abuse claims can be brought against the individual that was responsible for the abuse and/or the institution that allowed it to occur or continue.

Roche Legal currently only take on claims for institutional abuse – this means we only accept claims where the abuser was an institution/organisation such as the Catholic Church or another religious body, or a private school for example.

We may seek compensation for the following:

  • Pain and suffering incurred
  • Emotional, physical and psychological distress
  • Past, present and future medical treatment costs
  • Any past, present and/or future loss of income
  • Nursing assistance
  • Paid home help
  • Assistance by friends and family

What we claim for will vary from individual to individual, depending upon their respective circumstances.

We understand talking about the past can be extraordinarily difficult. You can take your time and communicate with us however you feel most comfortable, be it in person, at your home, in our office, over the phone, email or even text message. Our experienced and compassionate lawyers will keep everything 100% private and confidential to give you peace of mind.

You have to prove the incident or incidents in question occurred. This can sometimes be difficult so our lawyers will assist you wherever possible.

Civil Claims for Sexual Abuse:

  • If you were sexually abused as a child in Queensland, New South Wales, or Victoria, there is no time limit to bring a civil claim for compensation. Prior to 2016 time limits did exist but these limits have since been removed.
  • If you were abused as an adult, you have three (3) years from the date the abuse occurred to bring a civil claim against the offender. However, it may be possible to bring a claim outside this time limit – depending upon the circumstances.

Department Claims for Sexual Abuse and/or Sexual Harassment/Discrimination:

  • If you wish to make a complaint through the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (a process we strongly recommend) you have 12 months from the date of the incident to do so. The Commission can accept a complaint after 12 months has expired if there are good reasons for the delay.
  • If you wish to make a complaint through the Australian Human Rights Commission, you have 12 months from the date of the incident to do so. The Commission can accept a complaint after 12 months has expired if there are good reasons for the delay.
    • Update: For acts that took place after 13 April 2017, the timeframe for lodging complaints alleging unlawful discrimination is 6 months.

We cannot stress enough the importance of getting legal advice if you have been a victim of abuse so that you are not a victim of the legal system.

This depends on a number of factors including:

  • How easy or difficult it is to prove the abuse occurred.
  • Whether or not the offending party is still alive or the organisation at fault still in existence.
  • How committed you are to seeing it through.
  • The attitude of the person or organisation at fault.

We believe the quickest way to achieve a positive outcome satisfactory to you is to proceed to trial as quickly as possible whilst always remaining open to the possibility of an out of court settlement.

We do not believe in never-ending negotiations that may ultimately fail, only to find way down the track that still have to institute court proceedings.

Time delayed is time wasted. Justice delayed is justice denied. Contact us now for a strictly confidential obligation free consultation.