The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is to be investigated over concerns it is failing child sex abuse victims, the Victims’ Commissioner has told 5 live Investigates.
Hundreds of people have been refused payouts since 2012, charities claim, many because they are deemed to have consented to abuse.
Barnardo’s and Victim Support said it was “devastating” vulnerable people.
The government said all victims should get the compensation they deserve.
The Ministry of Justice estimates around 30 cases a year have been refused compensation on consent grounds.
Figures from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), seen by the BBC, also show 180 child sex abuse victims have been refused compensation since 2015 because they lived with a family member who abused them.