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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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Fletcher was a GI baby who was put into care with no one to look out for him

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Fletcher was born towards the end of the Second World War. His mother was English and married to a British soldier who was serving overseas. His father was a black American GI. 

Handed over to the care system, Fletcher was sexually abused by the headteacher of a boys’ home. 

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Michelle says she craved affection from her abuser that had always been missing from her life

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Michelle was born in the 1970s. Her parents were unable to care for her and her siblings and from the age of two to 18 years, she moved several times between foster placements and children’s homes.

She suffered from physical abuse and a lack of love and affection that made her vulnerable to sexual abuse.

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William says ‘My brain got broken a bit when I was young’

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William’s memories of childhood are violence, neglect, sexual abuse and having no one to turn to. He says: ‘My brain got broken a bit when I was young.’

He comments that his mother ‘never really parented me’ and he grew up witnessing severe domestic violence between his parents. William says he made many attempts to kill himself.

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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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Alberta wants children to know that sexual abuse can happen within a ‘family’ and not just with strangers

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From a very young age Alberta was sexually abused on numerous occasions, often in her home. This made her vulnerable to more abusers, one of whom was another child.

Her attempt to tell a member of staff at school what was happening was not met with an effective response. This added to her feeling that she was not safe anywhere.

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Vince was scared he would get into trouble if he told anyone he was being sexually abused

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Vince was sexually abused by an army veteran.

He lived in fear of his father and was bullied at school. His fear of punishment made him afraid to tell anyone about the abuse.

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Paraic thinks there is often a connection between child sexual abuse and fundamental religious practice

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Paraic was raped by a Sunday school teacher, who said that the abuse was ‘God’s work’.

When he told a teacher what was happening to him, he was caned.

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Ian was abused and threatened by a teacher in a church school, but felt the ‘sin’ was his

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Several decades ago, Ian attended a Catholic grammar school and for the first few years, he enjoyed it. Then a new teacher arrived, whose abusive behaviour had a ruinous effect on Ian’s life.

The young teacher, Jim, quickly singled Ian out and offered him extra tuition at home. He persuaded Ian’s mother that because the family home was noisy, it would be better to work in Ian’s bedroom.

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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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Angela was abused by two men in her family but felt it was her role to protect her mother and her siblings

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Angela was sexually and physically abused by her father until she was six years old, when her mother left him.

But within a few years, Angela’s mother found a new partner who treated her daughter in the same terrible way. 

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30 years after she was raped by a teacher, Jackie reported it to the police

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Jackie was doing well at school, socially and academically, until an event happened that had devastating consequences on her life. When she was in her early teens a teacher at her school raped her and it was 30 years before she was able to report it to the police.

The rape had a profoundly negative and lasting effect on her life, and she has clear views on how investigation processes and the judicial system could be improved to support victims more effectively.

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Barbara says ‘I want my voice heard, I want it on record … I am not the child in the police station’

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Barbara was a little girl when her happy life was shattered by the death of her mother. While trying to cope with her loss and grief, she was sexually abused by her adult stepbrother.

Within a year of her mother’s death, Barbara’s father had remarried, and her life changed dramatically.

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