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5,000 victims and survivors share experiences with the Truth Project

20 August 2020

The Truth Project has now heard from more than 5,000 victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. All have made an important contribution to the Inquiry’s work to better protect children in future.

Launched in 2015, the Truth Project provides a safe and supportive way for survivors to share their accounts and put forward suggestions for change.

It is drawing to a close next year so that all of the experiences shared can be used to inform the findings in the Inquiry’s final report, due to be published in 2022.

This is what some Truth Project participants have said about the experience:

“It is such a relief to go to sleep at night knowing that someone, somewhere is doing something to try to ensure a safer future for vulnerable children. It wasn't easy sharing my story but the kind, empathic staff at the IICSA supported me through it. I was listened to, believed and understood.  I was given a voice and that is so very valuable. For the first time I feel truly hopeful that things might change for the better and maybe suffering will stop.”

“After suffering violent physical and sexual abuse at the age of 10, I took the opportunity to explain what had happened. I was welcomed with kindness and consideration and was able to relate what happened. I just wanted to be able to put on record the pain, humiliation and degradation that I suffered at the hands of a man who was supposed to educate and inform. I am extremely grateful that I was able to do this. A heartfelt thankyou to all those involved in the Inquiry.”


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