HC Deb 22 February 1982 vol 18 c280W
44. Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson

asked the Attorney-General if he will introduce legislation to provide an automatic and facilitated right to civil damages for victims of rape.

The Attorney-General

Victims of rape, like victims of any other wrongful action, already have an unqualified right to claim civil damages including aggravated damages. Additionally, since rape is a crime of violence, victims may recover compensation under the criminal injuries compensation scheme. There is thus no need for special legislation limited to this class of victim.