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Inquiry takes Truth Project to Leeds

7 September 2017

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

The Truth Project, part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, gives victims and survivors the chance to attend a session with a trained facilitator to describe their experience and how institutions failed to protect them. They are also welcome to make suggestions about what can be done to help prevent the same abuse occurring 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. They will not be challenged.

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

Daniel Wolstencroft, member of the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel said: "The Truth Project is giving victims and survivors of child sexual abuse a place to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings - you can share you experience, without being judged, questioned or challenged. It’s not easy to talk about what happened and it can take a lot out of you but the Truth Project offers you the environment and support you need to do that.

“It is also an opportunity for victims and survivors to make suggestions about how to protect children from sexual abuse in the future.”

Rebecca Chaloner, Director of the Inquiry’s Healthcare Portfolio said:

“Through high profile media stories such as Jimmy Saville and Leeds United Football Club, unfortunately child sexual abuse is not new to Leeds. We’ve brought the Truth Project to Leeds so that we can hear from victims and survivors, understand their experiences and learn from them. Their input will help us make recommendations to help stop the same patterns of abuse occurring in the future.

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

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

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