WA woman’s compensation claim lays bare crippling impact of child sex abuse

More than a decade on, and like many in her situation, Tarryn has never received counselling for what she went through and becomes upset when asked to talk about her ordeal.

As a 22-year-old, she is only now beginning to realise the profound impact the assault has had on her life.

Earlier this month, she was awarded more than $63,760 in criminal injuries compensation by the District Court of Western Australia in damages and to seek ongoing treatment for her recently diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder.

The court found Tarryn had suffered mental and nervous shock injuries as a result of her assault.

“She appeared to have little hope for the future, an inability to plan and follow through with plans, tiredness, lack of motivation, was withdrawn and habitually sad,” the court judgement read.

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