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IICSA published its final Report in October 2022. This website was last updated in January 2023.

IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The Report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Final report

B.2: “To protect children”

2. Victims and survivors wanted to help protect children. Fifty-four percent of Truth Project participants shared their experiences of child sexual abuse to help prevent it from happening to someone else. Farida said: “I need to help other people so they don’t go through what I did”.[1] Natalia described the sense of meaning that sharing her experience gave her: “I don’t want my life to count for nothing. I don’t want no other boy or girl to go through what I did”.[2] RS-A299 said:

I want to somehow represent people that didn’t have a voice, that weren’t considered … I want to protect the people that it potentially could happen to in the future.[3]

RS-A299, Residential schools investigation

3. Victims and survivors hoped that sharing their experiences would “educate people”, so that the public are “aware this goes on”.[4] Alf said: “I just wanted to get my story out … to illustrate how violence and sexual abuse can affect a child and what to look out for”.[5] AR-A24 hoped things would change:

It may be too late for me, although I will never give up. I do, however, hope that the situation will change, particularly for those who have not yet disclosed. I hope that they will be listened to, properly supported during the disclosure process, and have access to thorough investigations”.[6]

AR-A24, Accountability and reparations investigation
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