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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.5: “To motivate others”

8. Some victims and survivors said that they wanted to encourage other victims and survivors to recognise that they are more than the sexual abuse they experienced. Lionel explained that he did not want being sexually abused as a child to define him. He felt it was possible for victims and survivors to overcome child sexual abuse: “it’s not all doom and gloom, you can rise above it”.[1] Similarly, Clyde said that in addition to participating in the Inquiry’s work, he was writing a book about his experiences. He hoped that by sharing his experiences, others could learn that there is “life after abuse”.[2]


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