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Truth Project relaunches in-person sessions for Deaf victims and survivors

28 October 2020

Deaf victims and survivors of child sexual abuse can share their experience with the Truth Project in person again, following its relaunch in line with Covid-19 guidelines.

The Truth Project, part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, is encouraging Deaf victims and survivors to get in touch now before it draws to a close next year.

Everyone involved in the sessions will be given a visor or clear face mask to wear, social distancing will be in place and hand sanitiser will be available. Sessions are delivered by Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) or in the participant's preferred communication style.

Deaf people can still choose to share their experience via video call or in writing if they prefer. Those who choose an in-person session will also be asked for their second preferred option, in case the government guidance changes and the session cannot take place.

The Truth Project is closing next year. All of the experiences shared so far can be used to inform the findings in the Inquiry’s final report, due to be published in 2022.

Deaf people will be able to share with the Truth Project until October 2021, but should get in touch as soon as possible to arrange a session.

For more information about the Truth Project in BSL and support to register, Deaf people can contact SignHealth by video, email or text.

The Truth Project was launched by the Inquiry in 2015 to enable all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience if they choose to do so. To date, more than 5,000 people have taken part.

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