The Truth Project

 

 

In 2015, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) began investigating organisations in England and Wales whom in the past, had failed to protect children within their care from child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation.

As part of the Inquiry’s investigation, they began the Truth Project which aims to give victims and survivors of child sexual abuse a voice and a way of telling their story, in as much or as little detail as they like, without being questioned or challenged. It is accessible to anyone aged 18 and over. Should victims and survivors of child sexual abuse decide to share their experience, they can choose to do so either as a written account via post, or they can share their experience in person, in a private setting with a trained facilitator. If victims and survivors want support through the process, they will be assigned a support worker, free of charge to help them feel ready to share their experience. This support is mostly over the phone and ends around two weeks after the victim/survivor has shared their story.

On the 1st October, the Inquiry will begin its investigation into Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire council, and the extent in which they failed to protect children within their care. It aims to examine the scale and nature of abuse that took place, whilst seeking to identify common themes and failings.

In turn, the Truth Project is coming to Nottingham. The Truth Project would like to hear from anyone who was sexually abused as a child in an institution or came into contact with their abuser in an institutional setting; examples include a school, a care home, a religious organisation and more. The Truth Project would also like to hear from those who were abused as a child and reported their abuse to an authority figure, such as a teacher or police officer, who then ignored it or mishandled the information – the abuser in this case could be a family member, family friend or maybe even a stranger.

Although the Truth Project is not accessible to many of our clients, we think it is great that so many victims and survivors of sexual abuse are being empowered to speak out against organisations that failed them in the past. We hope that this will start to shape and better improve the way in which organisations are trained to recognise and support victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.

 

There is also a video made by the IICSA which explains a bit more about them.

 

If you would like to find out more about the Inquiry or the truth project, please find their contact details below.

 

IICSA

Website: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/victims-and-survivors

Email: share@iicsa.org.uk

Telephone: 0800 917 1000*

Post: Freepost IICSA INDEPENDENT INQUIRY

 

Truth Project

Website: https://www.truthproject.org.uk/i-will-be-heard

Online contact form: https://share.iicsa.org.uk

Email: share@truthproject.org.uk

Telephone: 0800 917 1000*

Post: Freepost IICSA INDEPENDENT INQUIRY

 

*Phone calls are free and do not show up on the phone bill.

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