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Over six thousand victims and survivors share their experience with the Truth Project

28 September 2021

Over six thousand victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have now shared their experience with the Truth Project, part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. All have made a vital contribution to the Inquiry’s work to help better protect children now and in the future.

Launched in 2015, the Truth Project has provided a safe and supportive opportunity for survivors to share their accounts and put forward suggestions for change. Victims and survivors can still share in writing before it closes in October this year. 

Those who have come forward describe feelings of empowerment and catharsis, with many telling us of the relief they felt when finally being listened to.

“I am so pleased I gave my time to share my experience with the Truth Project. It is great to be heard, and believed.”

“It's such a relief to finally tell my story and to be heard. I hope the future will be very different for other vulnerable children.”

“It was a huge weight off my shoulders to finally be able to share my story. I can’t thank the Truth Project enough for their support and kindness throughout the whole process. Even if my story helps just one child in the future it’s absolutely worth it.”

The Truth Project is drawing to a close this year so that all of the experiences shared can help to inform the Final Report, which is due to be published in 2022. 

Anyone considering sharing their experience can get in touch with the Truth Project team, who can help answer any questions or concerns that they might have. 

More information about sharing your experience in writing is available on the Truth Project website. 

 

Dru Sharpling, Panel member and head of the Truth Project, said:

“I am thankful to the thousands of people who have now come forward and made such an important contribution to the Inquiry, helping to protect future generations. I do not underestimate the extraordinary courage shown by the victims and survivors who have taken part in the Truth Project. Some have shared what happened to them as children for the first time, after years or even decades of silence. Their experiences serve to emphasise the importance of this Inquiry and its work.

“Whilst the Truth Project is drawing to a close in October this year, we are still here to learn and help create a safer future for children. I would encourage anyone who is considering participating to get in touch and find out more.”

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