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Survivors of child sexual abuse invited to meet Inquiry in Oxford

17 Gorffennaf 2019

The Truth Project is holding sessions for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in Oxford this September.  

The Truth Project was set up to give victims and survivors of child sexual abuse the opportunity to share their experiences in a supportive and confidential setting.

It is part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which is investigating institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse.  Information gathered in Truth Project sessions will mean the Inquiry can get a better picture of the past to help create a safer place for children in the future.    

Over 3,500 people have already shared their experience with the Truth Project. New figures published today, show that a fifth of those who came forward experienced grooming - building a relationship with a child in order to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual abuse or exploitation.

Today, the Inquiry is also publishing another 60 experiences shared with the Truth Project. This includes accounts from Dominic, who was sexually abused in a Red Cross group; Gazala, who was sexually abused in a house mosque; and Anya who was sexually exploited by an organised network.  

Chris Tuck, a member of the Inquiry’s Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel said: 

"Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse often tell me they’ve been silenced, ignored and failed by organisations they trusted."

"As a survivor, this has been my experience too. I helped to create the Truth Project to enable survivors to feel supported when sharing their experiences."

“We cannot change what went wrong in the past but by talking to the Truth Project, together, we can help to protect the next generation.”  

Michael May, head of the Truth Project in Oxford said:

“People from all walks of life experience child sexual abuse. Whoever you are, whatever your background, whatever your experience, the Truth Project is here to listen to you.

“We do not underestimate the courage it can take to come forward, but the experiences you share with us are a vital part of the Inquiry’s work and will contribute to our final recommendations.”     

To share your experience with the Truth Project, visit www.truthproject.org.uk or email contact@iicsa.org.uk.

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