"Children cannot legally consent to sex unless they are over 13 and the defendant reasonably believes they are over 16."
"But CICA, which decides payouts of sexual abuse, uses a different set of criteria."
"In evidence submitted to the Independent Inquiry into child sexual abuse last year, Barnardo’s said that the authority had responded to a claim from one child by saying that `it considers consent as a question of fact…a victim can consent in fact even though in law they may be deemed not to have consented`."
"Victim Support said a 12-year-old girl that had been plied with drink then assaulted by a 21-year-old man had been refused compensation because she had gone with him voluntarily."
"The charities claim that children are being made to feel like they are responsible for their abuse."
"Charities including Barnardo’s, Victim support and Rape Crisis say victims as young as 12 are being excluded from the scheme, the Daily Telegraph reported."