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Legal matters

Legal Matters

The law and getting legal support can be an emotional nightmare for victims of childhood abuse and rape.

But things are getting much better nowadays and changes to the Sexual Offences Act 1956, as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, and the Sexual Offences Act 2000, make it an offence to rape a woman or another man. This simply means that the rape or sexual assault of a man is illegal, the attacker can be brought to court and the victim can get justice. It has long been the case that abuse (whether sexual, emotional or physical) of children by an adult is a criminal offence for which an abuser may be prosecuted.

Whether you would consider bringing a case against an attacker depends on many factors, not least of which is the emotional strength you will need to bring back your ordeal in a court. This could be emotionally overpowering.

Whilst MPower is here to support you emotionally, you must be sure that you have a case that is likely to succeed. Are you sure you know what you want from bringing a case? Is it justice, recognition, compensation or what? In any event, professional legal advice is crucial and MPower is not able to provide that. We recommend that you visit the Legal Expert website which contains much useful information on the ins and outs of bringing a case against your attacker.

You can click on the link below to visit the Legal Expert website. It will open in another window.

Although MPower is not qualified to discuss legal matters with you, you can talk through your feelings with us. If you would like to talk, please call us. Your call will be welcome. It's confidential and we won't make you do anything you don't want to.

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