|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 Abuse Law website which contains much
useful information on the ins and outs of bringing a case against your
You can click on the link below to visit the Abuse Law website. It will open in
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.
01603 667 687