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The Truth Project is about victims and survivors of child sexual abuse sharing their experiences with us, so we can learn from the past to build a better future.

Sharing an experience

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    Get in touch using our online form, or by phone, email or post. This doesn’t commit you to anything and you can stop the process at any time. You will be asked to provide contact details so we can get back to you at a time that suits you.
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    We will contact you to arrange how you'd like to share your experience. We will get back to everyone who contacts us as soon as possible. You can share your experience in a private session with one of our facilitators in person or by phone. If you choose a private session, we will arrange a time that is suitable for you. If you’d prefer, you can send us a written statement.
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    Attend a private session with a trained facilitator. Private sessions can take place in person or by phone. One of our support workers will contact you before your session, if you’d like. They will be there on the day of your session (or will call you if your session is by phone). At the Truth Project session, you will meet with a trained facilitator and an assistant. They will not challenge you or judge anything you say. All have experience of working with victims and survivors. You are in control of what you share and it doesn't matter if you don't remember everything, or choose not to share everything.

 

Is my information confidential?

What you do share is confidential. The only exceptions to this would be if the Inquiry needs to pass any information to the police or other relevant authorities, or where otherwise required by law. Please see our help and support for more information.

Will the Truth Project cost me anything?

The Truth Project is completely free. If you choose to meet in person we will cover travel, accommodation and reasonable out of pocket expenses. If you have a private session by phone the call will not cost you anything.

Can I share on behalf of someone else?

Yes. If a victim or survivor is unable to share their experience with the Inquiry themselves, an experience can be shared through a third party. The circumstances where third party sharing would be appropriate would be:

  • The victim or survivor has consented to someone else representing them.
  • The victim or survivor may be unable or unwilling to share their own experience (for instance they are under 18).
  • And, the third party has the necessary information

Some victims and survivors may find it helpful to provide a statement which is read out during a private session by the third party.

Who can share on behalf of a victim or survivor?

  • Parents/carer/guardian wanting to share their own experience of being parents etc when a child is abused or when a child discloses to them.
  • Parents/carer/guardian/other wanting to share on behalf of a minor (17 or under).
  • Parents/carer/guardian/other wanting to share on behalf of others where there is consent or some form of authorisation, such as lasting or enduring power of attorney.
  • Parents/guardian/other wanting to share on behalf of others where the victim or survivor is deceased. 

Do I need consent to share?

Yes. If it has not been provided, we will contact the third party to obtain further information on whether the victim or survivor has given their consent for the experience to be shared on their behalf. 

We would not do this if a parent is sharing on behalf of a child for whom they have parental custody, where a victim or survivor is deceased or where a victim or survivor is unable to provide consent.

Where will the session take place?

You can choose to have your private session in one of a number of locations across England and Wales.

Once you get in touch, we will provide you with the options of where and when the session can be arranged. All the locations, which are confidential, are easily accessible by road and rail. If you want to share your experience by phone, you can choose when we call you.

How do I share my experience in writing?

All experiences shared, whether in writing or at a private session, are reviewed fully by the Inquiry and will be treated confidentiality.

If you would like to share your experience in writing, get in touch and we will let you know how you can do this. 

You can tell us as much or as little as you want about what happened to you. It's ok if you cannot remember everything or if there is information that you do not want to share. Some people choose not to tell us about the abuse itself but focus on the way that they were lef down by the adults around them that should have better protected them. It is important to us that you are in control of what you tell us.

Further information about support available can be found on our support page.

What happens next

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    What support is there afterwards? We recognise that this may be a difficult time for you. Your support worker is available both directly after the session and for follow up calls later. They can help you talk through how you are feeling, although the Truth Project is unable to provide long term support.
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    How is my information used by the Truth Project? Your information will be used so we can better understand child sexual abuse. Information from the Truth Project will be used for ongoing research and to support recommendations to help protect children in the future. The reports may include quotes from your experiences but no one will be able to identify you. You are also invited at the end of your Truth Project session to leave a short message about any aspect of your experience which we may publish. No personal details are published in any of our reports and if you don't want us to use your information in this way, we won't.
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    How can you continue to get involved? There are a number of ways for you to work with us to help protect children from sexual abuse. We have a Victims and Survivors Forum where you can sign up to receive the latest updates and events. We also welcome your feedback to improve our website and campaign. Find out more about our Victims and Survivors Forum

 

If you’re ready to share your experience with the Truth Project, please contact us online or by phone, email or post.

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Your Decision

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Your privacy

There are very limited circumstances where we tell anyone your name without your consent, for example if a child is currently at risk and we need to tell the police.