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Survivors' voices

Experiences shared

These are some of the experiences of child sexual abuse shared with the Truth Project by victims and survivors. All names and identifying details have been changed.

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Even after one of his adopted children was taken into care, Bessie’s uncle fostered another

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Bessie was sexually abused by a relative who was employed by a local authority and was an active church member.

He was allowed to take her in and foster other children, with apparently little scrutiny from any agencies. 

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Noa says social workers should make unscheduled visits to families, and pay attention to children

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When social workers visited her family, Noa says, they believed everything her abusive stepdad said and did not seem interested in her.

She often asks herself ‘Was I not important enough? Did they not care?’

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Lucie was devastated when the police said they could not prosecute the man who raped her as a child

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Lucie was raped when she was five years old by a young teenage boy.

She feels angry that because of a legal technicality, he cannot be prosecuted.

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Ophelia’s mother colluded in the sexual abuse of her daughter

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Ophelia was sexually abused and made pregnant by one of her mother’s partners.

Her mother allowed several men, including a family member, to abuse her.

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Ernie says boys at his school would rather have been caned than sexually abused

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Ernie had a learning difficulty that was not diagnosed when he was at school.

He was labelled as a difficult pupil and this made him vulnerable to a predatory teacher.

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