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Common Questions

What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse is unwanted sexual activity. It is a non-consensual act, often perpetrated using force or by taking advantage of another.

Sexual abuse can include:

  • Rape (forced penetration)
  • Sexual contact with someone who is intoxicated, drugged, unconscious, or otherwise unable to give clear an informed consent
  • Sex of any kind with a minor, including vaginal, oral, or anal
  • Masturbation in the presence of a minor or forcing the minor to masturbate
  • Fondling or unwanted sexual touching
  • Incest (sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion between family members)
  • Refusing to use safe sex practices, including restricting someone’s access to birth control
  • Videotaping or photographing sexual acts and posting it without your permission
  • Someone flashing or exposing themselves to you online or offline

If you believe that you or a loved one is experiencing any of these behaviours, then we encourage you to talk to our legal team.

For a free initial consultation to find out if you have a sexual abuse claim, please email us or call us on 1300 769 665. Anything that you disclose to us throughout these consultations remains confidential.

Where can sexual abuse occur?

Sexual abuse can occur in various settings, including:

  • Public places
  • The workplace
  • Religious organisations and institutons, including the church
  • Educational institutions, inlucing public and private schools, child-care centres, after-school care centres, universities, scouting organisations, and girls and boys homes
  • State and federal government departments, including the Australian Defence Force, and the Department of Community Services
  • Medical institutions and other professionals, including hospitals, health service centres and practices, nursing homes, and residential treatment facilties

Do I have a claim?

Sexual abuse can have debilitating effects that last a lifetime. If you believe that you have suffered harm as a result of sexual abuse, regardless of how long ago the sexual abuse took place, you may be entitled to seek monetary compensation to support you.

You can also contact us for legal advice free or charge on 1300 769 665. We have a team of knowledgeable lawyers trained to deal with your situation with discretion and sensitivity.

What are the time limits for abuse claims?

Generally, sexual abuse claims must be commenced within three years from the date of the alleged assault. As a result, some sexual abuse survivors have been barred from seeking justice for the acts perpetrated against them because their cases are deemed to be ‘out of time’.

However, this is not always the case. Studies have shown that, in the aftermath of sexual abuse, survivors do not disclose their experiences until many years later due to feelings of shame and guilt.

Subsequently, the law in most states allows for time extensions, provided that there is a reasonable excuse for the delay – and the Courts are becoming increasingly understanding of the reasons why delays occur.

Due to the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse, in some states, the strict imposition of time limitations have been abolished. Although, this depends on the specific circumstances of the case.

The law surrounding sexual abuse is complex and claims require thorough preparation by an experienced lawyer. Therefore, it is curical to obtain advice sooner rather than later.

Call us on 1300 769 665 to speak to one of our compassionate, expert lawyers for a confidential discussion, free-of-charge.

How much compensation am I entitled to?

The amount of compensation you may awarded will depend on the specific facts of your case.

The amount of compensation available to you will also depend on whether it is a sexual abuse claim against an individual, institution, or employer.

Sexual abuse claims are complex in nature, and most people engage an expert lawyer who has the knowledge and expertise to help guide a case to a successful outcome.

We are supported by a team of experts, including psychologists and psychiatrists who will go the extra mile to ensure that you achieve a favourable outcome.

Why trust MCL to handle my sexual abuse claim?

Sexual abuse can have profoundly devastating effects on survivors, and opening up about what has happened can be painful. That is why our lawyers treat your claim with utmost discretion, sensitivity, and empathy.

We are committed to helping you navigate the unique issues associated sexual abuse claims, all while minimising the trauma and anxiety that you may experience when reporting your abuse.

Our lawyers are trained in trauma-informed practice.We keep your vulnerabilities and sensitivities in mind at all times, and strive to create a safe and trustworthy environment. We believe that empowering survivors is one of the most important part of representing them.

We understand that litigation can be stressful and overwhelming. For this reason, we endeavour to make the claim process as simple and painless as possible. Where possible, we attempt to settle matters before they go to court, and exhaust all other methods of resolving claims.

We provide a ‘No Win No Fee’ guarantee to all our clients. This means that you only pay us for our work after the successful conclusion of your claim.

Finally, if you entrust your matter to us, you will have your own lawyer, who will always be available to answer your question and support you throughout the claims process.

If you would like a free initial consultation with a lawyer who is an expert in sexual abuse claims, call us now on 1300 769 665.

How much will it cost me?

We believe that everyone should have access to legal representation regardless of their financial situation.

Our ‘No Win - No Fee’ guarantee ensures that your legal costs are postponed until the successful finalisation of your matter. This means that you have access to high quality legal advice, without the burden of having to pay legal fees up front.

Obviously, we would not offer these terms unless we were confident in our ability to win your case. We have the financial muscle, and possess expert resources to go the distance.

10 Reasons To Choose Us

No Win No Fee Guarantee

You can afford high quality legal representation without having to pay any upfront costs. We will never charge unless we successfully recover compensation. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you don’t have to reimburse us for any of the legal fees and expenses associated with your case.

Free advice from a solicitor

You can get free advice from one of our expert lawyers both on the phone and or in person. How does it work? You simply call us at 1300 769 665 and you will be transferred to one of our lawyers who will provide you with clear and comprehensive advice free of charge. You can also submit an enquiry online and, again, our written advice to you will be obligation free.

98% cases won

We win the overwhelming majority of our cases. Obviously, this doesn’t happen by chance – only hard, diligent work gets results. What does it mean for you? It means that nothing is left to chance and no stone is left unturned in getting you the successful result you deserve.

Award winning law firm

At MCL we take pride in our work and work tirelessly to be the best in the industry. We have been voted Personal Injury Law Firm of the Year 2018 (ACQ5 Global Awards) and Most Outstanding Australian Compensation Law Firm (AI 2019 Excellence Awards).

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Leaders in our field

For over 20 years MCL has been a leader in the field of compensation law. With 43 offices nationwide, we can deliver our services to you wherever you are. No matter how big or small your claim, we have the expertise to handle it successfully.

We are specialists in compensation

At Monaco, our lawyers are some of the best trained and qualified in the industry. We have a team dealing exclusively with Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, headed up by an Accredited Specialist. So no matter how complex your claim, we have the expertise to handle it successfully.

Maximum compensation

Don’t let insurance companies pay less than your claim is worth. You deserve substantial compensation for your suffering and it is our responsibility to get it for you. We have the training and expertise to ensure that nothing will be left to chance when preparing your claim. The result – maximum compensation recovered in every case.

We are in for the long haul

Compensation claims can be expensive to run. We have the financial muscle to go the distance against the limitless resources that can be deployed by the insurance companies. If we take your case, we’ll run it on a No Win No Fee basis, so you have nothing to lose.

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We have dealt with injured people over many years and understand that sometimes travelling to see a lawyer can be difficult. This is why we offer our free home and/or hospital visit service. All you need to do is ask!

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