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Military Sexual Assault Claims

Our specialist military claims team has represented many service men and women who have suffered a sexual assault and we’ve seen the devastating impact it can have. Read on for how we can help you.

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We take great care to discuss the case confidentially and sensitively with our client and help them to find the support they need and the compensation they deserve.

If you have been affected by sexual assault in the military please get in touch with our team for confidential advice. We usually represent clients on a no-win, no-fee basis, so making a claim will not be a financial burden.

Sexual assault in the military

Service personnel assume that the special bond they have with their comrades will mean they are never in danger of any kind of assault, never mind one of a sexual nature.

It is this very camaraderie and esprit de corps that makes such assaults feel, if anything, like more of a betrayal, made even worse if the chain of command has not taken steps to protect the victim.

Sexual assault can often be the culmination of a campaign of sexual harassment or bullying and the victims of such operations are in an especially vulnerable position. Our team knows this, and has great experience in sensitively helping victims get redress for their experiences.

Our military team have represented a number of servicemen and women, of all ranks, who have suffered a sexual assault whilst on or off duty. We understand the mental and physical distress that it can cause and the devastating impact it has on your life.  Our highly trained military solicitors are able to help you secure compensation.

We take great care to discuss the case confidentially and sensitively with our client and help them to find the support they need and the compensation they deserve.

We are aware of the deeply rooted culture of fear in coming forward, but in this day and age nobody should be forced to ‘put up and shut up’ any longer. It is essential to report all forms of abuse to a senior officer, and make a service complaint within three months of the incident. Serious allegations of assault should be investigated by both the RMP and civilian police so that criminal proceedings can be brought against the abuser.

It is possible to bring a negligence claim against both the abuser and the Ministry of Defence, especially where the perpetrator was acting in a position of trust and authority.

Information about military sexual assault

Unfortunately there is no systematic information gathering about the number of allegations of sexual assault in the UK military. This needs to remedied, especially as the US and Australian military are getting increasing reports of sexual assault.

At the moment, we do not know if the UK military’s experience is the same. Liberty, the human rights group, is campaigning for a fair and independent military justice system, which will help remedy some of these problems.

If you have been a victim of sexual assault in the military, then please contact our highly experienced team of military claims experts for confidential advice about bringing a claim for compensation.

Meet our Military Claims Team

Victoria Sedgwick
Senior Solicitor – Part of the Military Claims Team
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Associate – Part of the Military Claims Team
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