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Experiences Shared

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

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For Lance, being away from the ‘safe haven of home’ compounded the impact of his abuse

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Lance was 11 years old when he won a scholarship to a boarding school.

He was subjected to sexual abuse and bullying that has affected his life and relationships for many years, but has taken many steps to understand and recover from his experiences.

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In a secure unit, Ronald felt safe for the first time – but this did not last long

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Ronald was sexually abused by two female family members and by a series of men in different institutions.

He has sought help to overcome his trauma, and to be a good parent to his daughter.

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Bella can remember that when she was growing up that she always ‘felt different’

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Bella’s abuser was known to her parents because of his connection with the church. He was also in charge of a youth group. She can remember being abused by him twice, once in his house and once in the back of a shop.

Although she had a good memory from when she was little, it was only during psychotherapy treatment that memories of abuse started to come back to her.

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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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Sexually abused by several men, Iris has asked herself ‘Was it my fault? Did I give off the wrong signals?’

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Iris’s father subjected her and her disabled mother to abuse and bullying. This made Iris vulnerable to abuse by other men and left her feeling confused and guilty about the sexual abuse she was subjected to on several occasions.

She says ‘It was a common experience in women and girls’ daily lives. Well, that was my experience.’ And she has questioned: ‘Was I too attractive? Was I to blame?’.

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