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27 November 2017, 09:00
The Truth Project is in Reading this week and gives survivors the chance to share what happened.
The Truth Project, part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, gives victims and survivors the opportunity to attend a confidential session with a trained facilitator to describe their experiences and how institutions failed to protect them.
They are also welcome to make suggestions about what can be done to prevent the same abuse happening in the future.
The Truth Project was designed in consultation with victims and survivors to ensure each session is held in a supportive environment which puts their needs first. Victims and survivors are able to disclose as much or as little detail as they wish during their confidential session, and they will not be judged or questioned.
Information gathered in Truth Project sessions will be used to shape the Inquiry’s recommendations.
Chris Tuck is a victim and survivor of child sexual abuse and a member of the Inquiry’s Victim and Survivor Consultative Panel. She said the Truth Project can be a positive experience.
“The Truth Project is an opportunity for victims and survivors to share their experience of child sexual abuse,” she said. “For some people this might be the first time that their voices have been heard, the first time they have felt really listened to. I know that people who have taken part in the Truth Project have felt comfortable and supported and throughout the process felt like they were in charge. I would encourage other victims and survivors to consider participating.”
Drusilla Sharpling CBE, Inquiry Panel member and head of the Truth Project said:
“Through the Truth Project we can hear from victims and survivors, understand their experiences and learn from them. Their input will help us make meaningful recommendations to help stop the same patterns of abuse occurring in the future.
“I would encourage any victims and survivors who are thinking of contacting the Truth Project to talk to us. We will listen to you, we will treat you with respect and what you tell us will inform our work and help us protect future generations.”
There is more information about the Truth Project available at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse's website: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/truthproject or via the information line: 0800 917 1000. The information line is open weekdays 8am-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm.