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Inquiry stakeholder event Swansea

8 March 2018

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is coming to Swansea in March to meet with victim and survivor support organisations.

Representatives from the Inquiry will talk to charity workers and staff from local authorities about the purpose of the Truth Project and how it can benefit victims and survivors. The Inquiry will also be speaking to attendees to find out their views on engaging with victims and survivors.

The Truth Project is an opportunity for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences with the Inquiry in a confidential setting. Participants are able to share as much or as little information as they are comfortable with and are not questioned or cross-examined. They can also make recommendations for change.

Sue James, the head of the Inquiry Office for Wales, said:

“We are extremely keen to listen to front line workers and grass roots projects in Swansea to see how we can best listen to victims and survivors child sexual abuse.

“The purpose of the event is to talk about the Truth Project - the opportunities it offers victims and survivors and how it links to our wider work.”

Emma Lewis, a member of the Inquiry’s victim and survivor consultative panel, will be at the event to talk about her own experience of child sexual abuse. She said:

“The Truth Project is a really important part of the Inquiry’s work and it’s crucial that as many victims and survivors as possible are given the opportunity to share their experiences of child sexual abuse. Many victims and survivors may in the past have felt unable to speak out or been silenced. The Truth Project gives people the chance to be heard and respected, perhaps for the first time and that can be a hugely rewarding experience.”

Attendees will also have the opportunity to watch a performance from the theatre group the Go Girls from Newport, Wales, whose performance will highlight issues surrounding child sexual abuse.

The event will be held at the Grand Hotel on High Street, Swansea on Friday 9 March from 10.30am until 2.30pm, with lunch included.

Places for the event are limited and are on a first come first served basis. If you would like to attend please reserve your space on Eventbrite, or by emailing: contactwalesinquiryoffice@iicsa.org.uk; or  ring 02921 674047.

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