Abuse vic­tims get safe place

Project helps peo­ple come for­ward

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Emily Chudy emily.chudy@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

VIC­TIMS of child sex­ual abuse will be able to share their ex­pe­ri­ences at a cen­tral Lon­don of­fice.

The of­fice will be open for five weeks, un­til De­cem­ber 19, and forms part of the Truth Project, which will be com­ing to dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties around Eng­land and Wales for short pe­ri­ods of time.

The In­de­pen­dent In­quiry into Child Sex­ual Abuse (IICSA) hopes that the project will en­able more vic­tims and sur­vivors of child sex­ual abuse to at­tend pri­vate ses­sions at more con­ve­nient lo­ca­tions, in ad­di­tion to run­ning ses­sions at its of­fices.

The of­fice is at a con­fi­den­tial cen­tral Lon­don lo­ca­tion and the process has been de­signed with great care to pro­tect the iden­tity of all vic­tims and sur­vivors who come for­ward.

Vic­tims and sur­vivors will be sup­ported as they share their ex­pe­ri­ence in per­son or in writ­ing.

The scope, scale and trends iden­ti­fied by the Truth Project will feed di­rectly into IICSA’s Re­search Project, which aims to gain an un­der­stand­ing of how best to pro­tect chil­dren in fu­ture.

Nearly 500 vic­tims and sur­vivors have been in­vited to at­tend a Truth Project ses­sion in Eng­land or Wales.

Drusilla Sharpling, in­quiry panel mem­ber and head of the Truth Project, said: “The courage of vic­tims and sur­vivors who have come for­ward and will come for­ward to the Truth Project should not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

“They play a vi­tal role in our work to estab­lish what went wrong in the past and why it went wrong. If we are to im­prove child safe­guard­ing prac­tices in fu­ture, we must lis­ten and learn.”

Visit the IICSA web­site at www.iicsa.org.uk/ vic­tims-and-sur­vivors for more in­for­ma­tion, or call 0800 917 1000.

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