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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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Freddie’s abuser was a teacher with influence in the church, local businesses and sports teams

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Freddie’s abuser was a teacher whose power and influence extended into the church, a business and a sports team in the local area. He feels this network of control made it easier for the man to abuse many young people.

After his parents divorced, Freddie did not see his mum for a long time and his dad worked long hours to provide for him and his siblings. The church was a big influence on the family and Freddie attended a faith school. 

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Eileen cannot recall any happy memories from her childhood

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Eileen and her sister were subjected to sexual abuse from her brothers and father, who was also a heavy drinker with a violent temper that he took out on all the children and his wife. 

This abuse began when Eileen was six or seven years old and continued until she was 15 or 16, when both brothers were married and left home.

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After sharing her experience, Lorna says it felt like ‘a weight has lifted’

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Lorna’s father was a serviceman and the family moved frequently around different army bases. 

She felt lonely and isolated as a child, and this made her vulnerable to sexual abuse by a neighbour who was also in the army.

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Nell finds it difficult to discuss sexual abuse, but says ‘We all need to talk about it’

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A neighbour in his 40s started sexually abusing Nell when she was about eight years old. 

When Nell tried to talk about what was happening, her mother said she was copying a storyline from a television soap opera.

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Almudena did not want to say in front of her mother that she was being sexually abused

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As a young child, Almudena had to care for her mother who had physical and mental health problems.

She was sexually abused by two men. Social workers were involved with the family, but she never saw them on her own and did not feel able to tell them what was happening to her.

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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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Jessica was told that ‘people like you’ do not get justice

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During the 1980s, when she was aged between 12 and 16 years, Jessica was sexually and physically abused at various children’s homes.

She describes how she has fought and campaigned for justice and transparency for many years because she wants to prevent others going through the same experiences. She says she will not rest until light is finally shone on the sexual abuse perpetrated in the area where she grew up.

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Janice endured sexual abuse from her father and violence from her mother

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Janice’s father served in the armed forces and her family lived in military accommodation.

She says she can’t remember a time in her childhood when abuse was not happening in one form or another.

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Decades after he was abused, Jorge says ‘I have managed to become the person I want and need to be’

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When he was growing up, Jorge dreamed of flying in the RAF. When he met a pilot, it seemed ‘like a dream come true’.

But, he says, ‘things changed quickly’.

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Karyn, sexually abused by her stepfather and his sons, wants the lasting effects of abuse to be recognised

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When her mother’s boyfriend, Brian, moved into the family home, Karyn’s childhood was devastated by terror and physical and sexual violence.

She is still enduring the severe effects of this trauma on every aspect of her health and wellbeing.

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The man who abused Holly controlled her by befriending her parents

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Holly grew up in a farming community. She was sexually abused by a man who was friendly with her parents.

She feels more should be done to raise awareness of sexual abuse in rural areas. 

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When Zak saw the man who abused him as a child, he beat him up

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Zak was sexually abused by his mother’s partner and accomplices of this man.

He wants to highlight how child sexual abuse can be a factor in criminal behaviour for victims and survivors.

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