In­jus­tice of the crim­i­nal in­juries board Sav­ile abused me 100 times at BBC but I was given just £3,250 in govt compo


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house in Colch­ester, Es­sex, with only a dog for com­pany.

But she ex­pected her long-awaited com­pen­sa­tion through the CICA to set her back on her feet again. It is a spe­cial­ist body that deals with pay­outs to vic­tims of se­ri­ous and vi­o­lent crime,

Last Thursday she was told her award is £22,000 – but IN­CLUD­ING her orig­i­nal BBC pay­out, leav­ing her only £3,250.


In the last few weeks she has had to pawn her lap­top and other be­long­ings to pay for food and she says she goes out only to visit the lo­cal Tesco.

She says she is an­gry at a sys­tem that did noth­ing to stop per­verts but left her in a po­si­tion where she has spent her life strug­gling to make ends meet.

What makes her fury worse are the gov­ern­ment pay­outs handed to oth­ers who have not en­dured any­where near the psy­cho­log­i­cal and phys­i­cal suf­fer­ing she did as a child. In 2016, the CICA gave £136,710 to a teacher who was as­saulted by a 14-year-old pupil in 2010.

An­other had his CICA pay­out dou­bled from £61,561 to £150,613 when he was as­saulted at the pupil re­fer­ral unit where he was teach­ing. He claimed he was psy­cho­log­i­cally un­able to re­turn to work.

Leisha says her psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age THE Crim­i­nal In­juries Com­pen­sa­tion Au­thor­ity over­sees pay­ments to vic­tims of vi­o­lent crime in the UK.

It pays £140mil­lion a year, us­ing tar­iffs set by Par­lia­ment, to suf­fer­ers of men­tal or phys­i­cal in­jury and sex­ual abuse as well as those who have lost earn­ings and need ex­pense pay­ments and for be­reave­ments. The has stopped her hav­ing a nor­mal life. And her state of mind has got grad­u­ally worse as the years have gone by.

She said: “I’m 51 this year and the abuse started when I was eight or nine years old.

“It’s been a long time and in my head I have never dealt with it.

“Now I can’t go in crowded places near CICA has been ac­cused of fail­ing to treat some peo­ple fairly, in­clud­ing child abuse vic­tims de­nied pay­outs be­cause they “con­sented”. Oth­ers were deemed in­el­i­gi­ble be­cause they had lived with their abusers.

And rape vic­tims had com­pen­sa­tion docked as a form of “pun­ish­ment” for un­re­lated con­vic­tions. men. If a man phones me up I’ll put the phone down.

“I can’t be touched by men. I can’t go in crowded places near men.

”If there are men ei­ther side of me in a su­per­mar­ket queue I have to put my shop­ping down and leave. It af­fects my whole life.

“I went to the po­lice when I was 19 and they re­fused to pro­ceed be­cause they de­cided the abuser couldn’t pos­si­bly be a fa­mous per­son. There was so much ev­i­dence and no one did any­thing.

“The po­lice were sup­posed to pro­tect me and they didn’t be­lieve me.

“I feel like be­cause I am an un­em­ployed sin­gle woman I don’t count.

“I’ve just been ground down over the last five years. I just want it all over.

“You go for decades not be­ing lis­tened to, and then this.”

A spokesman for the CICA said they did not com­ment on in­di­vid­ual cases.

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