defamation and sexual assault

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  1. unique

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    A family member has accused another family member of sexually abusing them over a long period of time
    Can the person making accusations be sued for defamations? The person making the accusations is intending to apply for some payment through Victim Services of NSW
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Even if the accusations are true?
     
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    They can sue for defamation, but would lose if the accusations are proven to be true.
     
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    In addition to the defamation issue, if the accusations are found to be false, then this ...
    ... would be all but guaranteed to result in a truck load of trouble including some very serious criminal charges.
     
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    Thanks Scruff for your reply
    From what I know, to put a claim in to Victim Services, the person has to have a police statement and evidence. That's one of the reasons why I am fairly certain the person is not making up these claims
     
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