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Victims of child sexual abuse urged to share their story

23/01/2018

Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are being invited to share their experiences with the Truth Project.

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.

Information gathered in the Truth Project sessions will be used to shape the Inquiry’s recommendations.

NHS organisations and councils in LLR are working together to encourage victims and survivors to come forward and share their experience with the Inquiry.

Carmel O’Brien, Chief Nurse and Quality Officer at East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We’re appealing to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to come forward and make contact with the Truth Project.

“Sharing your experience can help prevent these terrible events happening again 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.

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.

“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.”

Those who wish to take part can attend a private session at one of the Inquiry’s locations across England or Wales. Victims and survivors can bring a companion with them if they wish. Expenses can be reimbursed.

Victims and survivors can make contact with the Truth Project via phone, online at truthproject.org.uk, email or by post.

There is more information about the Truth Project available at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse's website: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/ or via the information line on 0800 917 1000.

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The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is examining the extent to which institutions and organisations have failed to protect children in England and Wales from sexual abuse.

The Inquiry will make recommendations for change with the aim of ensuring institutions will do more to protect children from sexual abuse in the future. 

The Truth Project, which is part of the Inquiry, gives victims and survivors of child sexual abuse the opportunity to share their experience of abuse with a trained facilitator in a confidential setting.

The Truth Project aims to put victims and survivors’ needs first. They can share as much or as little information as they feel comfortable with and suggest measures that might protect children from sexual abuse in the future.

The Truth Project is accessible by car, bus and train.

The information line is open weekdays 8am-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm.

The NHS and local authorities involved in promoting the Truth Project in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland include: NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Rutland County Council.

 

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