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Share your experience

The Truth Project is open for you to share your experience of child sexual abuse. Sessions in person, by telephone and by video call have now concluded. You can still share your experience in writing and send it to arrive with us by 31 October 2021.

Find out more on the conclusion of the Truth Project. This page explains what you can expect if you decide to get involved with the Truth Project.

"So grateful I was given this opportunity to attend the Truth Project. For the first time in 50 years I felt I was believed; I was treated with the utmost respect by all involved.”

Truth Project participant

What you might want to share

You can tell us as much or as little as you want about what happened to you. You can choose whether to give details such as names, places or dates. 

You will not be questioned, challenged or judged.

Some people have talked about how sexual abuse has affected them. Others have described how they were let down by people or institutions such as social services or the police, when they told someone what was happening to them. 

If you share your experience in writing, you can have a dedicated support worker while you are involved with the Truth Project.

Sharing in writing

If you’d like to share your experience in writing, you don’t need to make an appointment. You decide when and how you want to write about what happened to you.

There are different ways to share your experience in writing:

  • Fill in our booklet. We can post this to you, or you can download it and print it from here.

Write in the booklet whatever you want to share, and return it to: Freepost IICSA Independent Inquiry. You don’t need a stamp.

  • Fill in our online form here – this is similar to our booklet but can be completed electronically.

Help and support with sharing your experience in writing.

If you would like help with filling in the booklet or any of the forms, contact us and we can talk you through it.

Please tell us if you have any other concerns or questions about sharing your experience in writing. If you would like to speak to a support worker on the phone, we will arrange that. 

Your support worker can help you prepare to share your experience. They will also suggest ways to look after your health and wellbeing and offer support for a period of time afterwards.  

Find out more about support available.

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.