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Victims and survivors’ accounts

The Inquiry recognises that some people who have been sexually abused identify as victims, and others as survivors of sexual abuse. For this reason it uses the phrase 'victim and survivor' when referring to someone who indicates that they have been sexually abused. However, the term ‘complainant’ is used in the context of the Inquiry’s public hearings when referring to a victim or survivor where the fact of the abuse has not been formally established.

This report includes a number of accounts from victims and survivors. These accounts have been anonymised or pseudonyms have been used to ensure that victims and survivors cannot be identified.

Sexual abuse makes you doubt you are of any worth ‒ I had thoughts that the world would be better off without me.

Victim and survivor, the Truth Project (‘Have your say’)

Sexual abuse as a child ruins your life.

Victim and survivor, the Truth Project (‘Have your say’)

The sexual assault I experienced aged nine has affected all my relationships with others: family, work, romantic, social and my relationship with myself. Its effect has been and still is catastrophic.

Victim and survivor, the Truth Project (‘Have your say’)

All I ever wanted as a child was to be loved, to do normal stuff like dress up, bake cakes, be innocent. Never should a child be so frightened to be alive.

Victim and survivor, the Truth Project (‘Have your say’)

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