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Inquiry takes Truth Project to Cornwall

24 September 2018

The Truth Project is holding sessions for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in Cornwall this November.  The Truth Project was set up to give victims and survivors of child sexual abuse the opportunity to share their experiences in a supportive and confidential setting.

The Truth Project is holding sessions for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in Cornwall this November.  The Truth Project was set up to give victims and survivors of child sexual abuse the opportunity to share their experiences in a supportive and confidential setting.

It is part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which is investigating institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse.  Information gathered in Truth Project sessions will mean the Inquiry can get a better picture of the past to help create a safer place for children in the future.  

Over 1,400 people have already shared their experience with the Truth Project.

To support the Truth Project in Cornwall, award winning theatre director Patrick Sandford will be putting on a performance of his powerful autobiographical play GROOMED on 24 September at the Mylor Theatre in Truro at 6pm.  Patrick recently performed GROOMED at the Soho Theatre in London, to outstanding reviews.

David Poole, head of the Truth Project in Cornwall said: “People from all walks of life experience child sexual abuse. Whoever you are, and whatever your background, the Truth Project is here to listen to you.

“The experiences victims and survivors share with the Inquiry will help us make recommendations to keep children safe in future, so that institutions and individuals can never again say, ‘We did not know’.”

Patrick Sandford said:  “I wrote GROOMED simply to tell the truth. I had no idea it would take off as it has. I worked hard to keep it short, powerful and bold, but never for one moment depressing.  The fast pace and live saxophone keep it buoyant. Audiences seem to be on the edge of their seats, and at the end I am always startled by how many people say I have told their story, including many with no experience of abuse at all. We all have different wounds from which we have to recover. You will think about your own life. The truth really can set you free.”

Notes to editors

  1. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is examining the extent to which institutions and organisations have failed to protect children in England and Wales from sexual abuse.

  2. Institutional failure means either the abuse was reported to someone in a position of authority, such as the police or a social worker, but appropriate action was not taken or that the abuser was someone in a position of power, such as a teacher or religious leader.

  3. The Inquiry’s Interim Report includes recommendations for change to ensure institutions do more to protect children from sexual abuse in future.

  4. The Inquiry will make further recommendations to protect children in future in its final report.  

  5. You can find out more about the Truth Project at: https://www.truthproject.org.uk, by calling the information line: 0800 917 1000 or emailing share@truthproject.org.uk.

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