Injustice of the criminal injuries board Savile abused me 100 times at BBC but I was given just £3,250 in govt compo
‘UNFAIR’ TO SEX VICTIMS
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.
NIGHTMARE: Savile preyed on Leisha at BBC TV HQ