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Experiences Shared

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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Angelica says ‘I’m never pushed outside my comfort zone because I have never had a comfort zone’

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Angelica had a chaotic upbringing with no parental support. 

She was raped as a child but her GP said she had caused her own injuries and her mother said she must have deserved it.

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Jonny says ‘It took me a long time to recognise that what happened to me was major’

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Jonny was groomed online by a man who initially pretended to be a teenager.

When they met in person, the man raped him.

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Agatha describes being on ‘high alert … in a state of constant anxiety’ throughout her fostering

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Agatha’s mother had mental health difficulties and found it difficult to care for her children. Because of this, Agatha and her siblings were placed in care.

She was sexually abused by the sons and father in her foster family, and physically and emotionally abused by the mother. She finds it hard to believe the family was paid to care for her and her sister: ‘They totally abused their position of trust.’

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Maria says 'I can't remember a time when I didn't know what sex was'

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As a baby Maria was removed from her mother’s care after being found alone and neglected. Her father worked away and could not look after Maria so she was placed with her grandparents.

There she was sexually abused by a lodger and two of her uncles. Later, she bravely protected her younger sister from the same fate.

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Andi was labelled ‘highly strung’ when she told a teacher about her abusive stepfather

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Andi says she was outspoken and she tried to defy her abusive stepfather. 

When she reported him, he convinced people that she was badly behaved.

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When Kayden complained he had been sexually abused, school staff said it was just ‘messing about’

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When Kayden was in primary school, he was diagnosed with both a learning and a physical disability.

A primary school teacher had pushed for extra help to support Kayden’s educational needs, and the local authority found a boarding school that seemed suitable. 

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Eva feels she was let down because she didn’t fit the stereotype of an abused child

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Eva lived with her parents and older sibling, and describes her family as ‘respectable and middle class’.

She thinks this facade is the reason that many professionals missed the signs that she was being physically and sexually abused. 

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Lucie was devastated when the police said they could not prosecute the man who raped her as a child

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Lucie was raped when she was five years old by a young teenage boy.

She feels angry that because of a legal technicality, he cannot be prosecuted.

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