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These are some of the experiences of child sexual abuse shared with the Truth Project by victims and survivors. All names and identifying details have been changed.

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Corrina’s foster father raped her, but her foster mother accused her of having an affair with him

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Corrina and her brother and sister experienced a chaotic childhood. Her parents were very young when they had their three children and had an abusive relationship. Corrina’s father sexually abused her.

The family moved between different caravan sites and for a while the family lived with her grandmother. Concerned about the welfare of the children, her grandmother contacted social services. Corrina remembers being taken to a meeting point, and then driven in a police car to a children’s home. She was about six years old.

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Kieran believes that police forces should be better trained to deal with non-recent sexual abuse cases

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Kieran has early memories of a good family life, but after the death of his father he endured abuse and violence.

A few years after Kieran’s father died, his mother met a new partner who moved into the family home with his two sons, Lewis and Carl. They were in their late teens and had been in trouble with the authorities.

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Mary-Beth says that sexual abuse can be an issue connected with gang culture

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Mary-Beth lived on an urban estate where people knew each other and children played together outside.

But this close community was marred by the presence of an older male teenager who intimidated and threatened the younger children, and sexually abused Mary-Beth and possibly others.

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As a young child, Bernard was sure he was being sexually abused because he had done something wrong

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Bernard grew up in the 1960s with his parents, whom he loved and respected.

However, he explains that his mother suffered with poor health and his father was often away. For this reason, he did not feel he could tell them that he was being sexually abused.

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Natasha says ‘Abusers can be anybody. Mine was a babysitter and a man I called uncle’

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Nathasha’s father was an alcoholic and during her childhood and adolescence she was concerned for her mother. 

When her mother went on her weekly night out, the older girls who babysat for Natasha sexually abused her. A few years later, an older male neighbour did the same. Natasha did not tell her mother until many years later.

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The man who sexually abused Carwyn was wealthy but did jobs to give him contact with children

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When Carwyn and his family were at a holiday camp, they were befriended by a man who was working there as a chef.

He turned out to be a very wealthy man who owned a huge house full of expensive gadgets and toys. He used these attractions to lure in young children for sexual abuse.

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Abdal says ‘Everyone knew I needed help … they failed me’

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Abdal had an extremely difficult childhood and his behavioural problems led to him being taken into care.

He describes a catalogue of abuse, some perpetrated on him, and some that he witnessed being done to other children.

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Robert’s struggle for recognition of his abuse keeps him ‘in the past and feeling abused’

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Robert was sexually abused by his father but for years he suppressed the memory and impact of this by throwing himself into his work.

A revelation by his brother that he had been abused in the same way caused Robert to have a breakdown. His attempts to gain redress through official channels have been thwarted by what he describes as series of obstructive and inappropriate actions by people in authority.

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Katie-Leigh says she let people hurt her in the hope one of them would love her

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Katie-Leigh grew up in the 1970s. Her father was in the armed forces.

He sexually abused Katie-Leigh and this set her on a self-destructive path that began with her taking an overdose at the age of seven.

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It took years for Roger to question the power his abuser had over him

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Roger suffered years of sexual abuse, including rape, at the hands of an Anglican priest. 

It began when Roger was 12, and the abuser exerted such a level of control over him, that he was unable to extricate himself until he was in his mid 20s.

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Evie says ‘My first memory of hating myself is aged six’

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Evie’s parents were alcoholics and drug users. They inflicted severe emotional and physical damage on Evie and her older brother. 

Further horror was inflicted on her by her older brother, who sexually abused her when she was between the ages of six and 12 years.

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The priest who abused Greg groomed his family first, and then fought the civil case he eventually brought

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Greg came from a very ‘church going’ background. His family moved to a new house in a small town and became involved with the clergy at the church.

When a new priest, Ken, joined their church, Greg's parents took him under their wing. Ken was a regular visitor and often ate with the family.

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