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Pathways to Justice: For Survivors of Abuse
While the new National Redress Scheme has some benefits, it also has some very real limitations. For example, payments from the Redress Scheme are capped at $150,000 whereas compensation available through the civil litigation may extend from $200,000 to $500,000 and beyond.
Fortunately, the Redress Scheme is not the only option for redress for people who were sexually abused as children.
Survivors still have the option to take civil litigation against institutions and predators, and in many cases the result will be far superior.
We outline three basic pathways to justice for survivors of abuse who are seeking compensation from institutions and perpetrators. Each pathway has its own benefits and limitations, but the advantage for survivors is that they get to choose the option which best suits their situation.
In every case, it is worth taking the time to discuss your claim carefully with your lawyer, to find out which pathway will best suit your claim. Ultimately, it’s your choice.