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Inquiry takes Truth Project to Caernarfon and Bangor

8 August 2017

Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse are being invited to share their experiences in confidence with the Truth Project in North Wales this October.

Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse are being invited to share their experiences in confidence with the Truth Project in North Wales this October.

The Truth Project, which is part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, gives individuals who experienced sexual abuse as a child the chance to describe what happened to them and how institutions failed to protect them. They are also welcome to make suggestions about what can be done to prevent the same abuse occurring in the future.

All victims and survivors of child sexual abuse are welcome to attend a one-to-one session with a trained facilitator at either Bangor or Caernarfon.

The Truth Project was designed in consultation with victims and survivors to ensure each session is held in a supportive environment which puts their needs first. Victims and survivors are able to disclose as much or as little detail as they wish during their confidential session. There is information in the notes to editors about how to book a Truth Project session.

The Inquiry was set up to investigate whether public bodies or other non-state institutions failed in their duty to protect children from child sexual abuse.

Information gathered in Truth Project sessions will be used to shape the Inquiry’s  recommendations to the government about how institutions can better protect children from sexual abuse.

The Inquiry has now appointed a new member of the Victims and Survivors’ Consultative Panel (VSCP), Emma Lewis. Emma, 37, a community development worker from Swansea, is the first member of the panel who is from Wales. A second Welsh member of the panel, which assists and advises the Inquiry, will be announced in due course.

Emma said: "Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse don’t always have a place to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings especially in North Wales which has lots of rural communities. The Truth Project is somewhere people can share their experiences, without being judged, questioned or challenged. Talking about what happened to me wasn’t easy - I know that it can take a lot out of someone but the Truth Project is designed to make the process as easy as possible. It is also an opportunity for victims and survivors to make suggestions about how to protect children from sexual abuse in the future.”

Drusilla Sharpling CBE, Inquiry Panel member and Head of the Truth Project said: "Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse are placed at the heart of the Truth Project. We want to listen to victims and survivors, understand their experiences and learn from them. Their input will help us stop the same patterns of abuse occurring in the future.

“So I would like to say to any victims and survivors who are thinking of contacting the Truth Project, we will listen to you, we will treat you with respect and what you tell us will help us protect future generations of children.”

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