The Truth Project
Let’s put an end to child sexual abuse.
The Truth Project is giving people who experienced sexual abuse as children the chance to be heard, their input will help make meaningful recommendations to help prevent sexual abuse in the future.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up in 2015 to investigate organisations and institutions that have failed to protect children.
Children rarely disclose sexual abuse immediately after the event. It is usually brought up following a physical complaint or change of behaviour.
As a mental health and community trust we may often address some of the physical and psychological consequences associated with child sexual abuse. NatCan (2014) found that 50% of survivors have common mental health disorders, and 16% are diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD).
The project aims to encourage people to share their experience in writing, on the phone or in person, as well as create a public discussion around the impact of child sexual abuse.
Getting in touch with the Truth Project
The truth project is coming to Oxford in September 2019 and face to face sessions will be available. If you know someone who is able to speak out and share their experience encourage them to get in touch:
If they feel more comfortable writing it down, they can send a letter or email:
People of any age can get involved but if you know of someone under 18 who is wishing to take part we can notify the IICSA in advance, so specific arrangements can be made. Young people who have been involved often come with a parent or carer.
For more information about the Truth Project read the ‘It’s time to be heard’ leaflet