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Inquiry takes Truth Project to Carlisle

24 October 2017
Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse are being invited to share their experiences with the Truth Project in Carlisle this November.

The Truth Project, part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, gives victims and survivors the opportunity to attend a confidential session with a trained facilitator to describe their experiences and how institutions failed to protect them. They are also welcome to make suggestions about what can be done to prevent the same abuse happening in the future.

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, and they will not be judged or questioned.

Information gathered in Truth Project sessions will be used to shape the Inquiry’s recommendations.

Danny Wolstencroft from the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel said:

"As a victim and survivor of child sexual abuse I want the opportunity to tell someone what happened without being judged, questioned or challenged. That’s what the Truth Project is all about. It’s not easy to talk about it, but the Truth Project gives you the environment and the support you need to help you. At the end of the day, it’s about making things better for children in the future and helping survivors now. We shouldn’t forget that.”

Rebecca Chaloner, Director of Health for the Inquiry, said:

“Through the Truth Project we can hear from victims and survivors, understand their experiences and learn from them. With this information we can make recommendations to help stop the same kind of abuse happening in the future.

“I’d like all victims and survivors who are thinking of contacting the Truth Project to know that we will listen to you, we will treat you with respect and what you tell us will remain confidential and inform our work and help us protect future generations.”

There is more information about the Truth Project available at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse's website: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/truthproject or via the information line: 0800 917 1000. The information line is open weekdays 8am-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm.

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