‘why I’m working with the truth project’
Chris Tuck, a member of the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel, feels strongly about the aims of the Truth Project…
Iwas sexually abused as a child, and let down completely by institutions including schools, social services and the police. They ignored the obvious signs of something being very wrong – not least that I went to school hungry and dirty. But they also did nothing to protect me even after I reported it – I was accused of lying.
I became involved with the Truth Project because I welcomed an opportunity to prevent other children suffering like I had. I was already campaigning about the impact of child sexual abuse, and the lack of specialist support services. My role on the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel is to make sure the perspective of victims and survivors is included in all aspects of the Inquiry’s work.
It’s vital that people come forward in confidence to share their experiences with the Truth Project. It’s a big ask, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to be part of shaping the institutional reforms that’ll create a safer future for children.