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The Inquiry’s Truth Project opens in London

12 November 2016

Truth Project comes to London

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has announced today that from November 14, victims and survivors of child sexual abuse will be able to share their experiences at a central London office. The office will be open for five weeks.

We are trialling an approach that takes the Truth Project into different communities for short periods of time. The Inquiry hopes that this will enable more victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in England and Wales to attend private sessions at more convenient locations, in addition to running sessions at Inquiry offices.

Our office is at a confidential central London location and the the process has been designed with great care to protect the identity of all victims and survivors who come forward.

We will support victims and survivors through the process of sharing their experience and all participants are able to bring a companion with them.

Victims and survivors who wish to share their experience in writing will be able to do so.

The scope, scale and trends identified by the Truth Project will feed directly into the Inquiry’s Research Project that will inform our understanding of how best to protect children in future.

Nearly 500 victims and survivors have been invited to attend a Truth Project session in England or Wales.  Sessions have already taken place in the north west and the north east, are scheduled to start in mid-November in Wales and are planned for early next year in the south west.

Drusilla Sharpling, Inquiry Panel member and Head of the Truth Project said:

“The courage of victims and survivors who have come forward and will come forward to the Truth Project should not be underestimated. They play a vital role in our work to establish what went wrong in the past and why it went wrong - if we are to improve child safeguarding practices in future, we must listen and learn.

“For many, the Truth Project is an opportunity to put on record their experiences.”

Chris Tuck from the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel said:

“We know only too well from personal experience that it takes great courage to come forward and share an experience of child sexual abuse.  It's an incredibly difficult thing to do, so we have worked closely with our colleagues at the Inquiry to make sure all participants feel comfortable at our offices.  It's important that all victims and survivors feel able to share their experiences in a supportive environment."

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