‘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…

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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.

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