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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.4: “To seek closure”

6. Some victims and survivors, including 16 percent of Truth Project participants, wanted to seek some form of closure to being sexually abused as a child. Maddy said that participating in the Truth Project “almost feels like an end to it”.[1] Corrine felt that she could now “let it go”.[2] Participating in the Truth Project was described as symbolic for some victims and survivors. Sharon said: “I am still alive, I came to the Truth Project because I could have been dead”.[3]

7. Sharing their experiences with the Inquiry was also an opportunity for victims and survivors to take back some of the power that sexual abusers took from them. Janine said: “I am doing this for five year old me”,[4] while Barny commented:

These monsters have taken enough from me; today little Barny is going to speak.[5]

Barny, Truth Project participant


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