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Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry’s Truth Project gets underway in Nottingham

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The Truth Project is returning to Nottingham in November and December, giving victims and survivors of child sexual abuse the opportunity to share their experiences and put forward recommendations for change in a supportive and confidential setting.

The hearing dates are as follows:

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The first week of hearings (from 1-5 October) will be held in Nottingham at the Trent Bridge cricket ground

The second week of hearings (from 8-12 October) and the third week of hearings (from 22-26 October) will be held at the the Inquiry’s hearing centre, 18 Pocock Street, London SE1 0BW.

It is part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse ( IICSA ) which is investigating institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse. Information gathered in Truth Project sessions will mean the Inquiry can get a better picture of the past to help create a safer place for children in the future.

The Truth Project first hosted sessions in Nottingham in July 2017.

So far, over 1,400 victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in England and Wales have shared their experiences with the Truth Project.

Michael May, from the Truth Project said:

“The Truth Project was set up to hear from victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, whatever their background.

“At the Truth Project, you can tell the Inquiry what went wrong in the past and why, and put forward recommendations to keep children safe in future.”

Daniel Wolstencroft, Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel member said:

“Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse often tell me they’ve been silenced, ignored and failed by organisations they trusted. That was my experience too.

“We cannot change what went wrong in the past but by talking to the Truth Project, together, we can help to protect the next generation.”

Daniel Wolstencroft biography:
Danny is 41, he is a victim and survivor of child sexual abuse, a campaigner and he works with survivors of abuse in Nottingham:
“I was sexually abused by a family member, from the ages of five to ten. This led to years of drug abuse, and affected my schooling. I was on drugs while I was at school.
“I was very vulnerable as a teenager, and I was befriended by a man who groomed, drugged and raped from 15-21. This led to prison, rehab, mental health units, probation. You name it – I’ve been there done it.
“A major part of my recovery was meeting a drug worker who’d also been sexually abused. When he told me what happened to him, it gave me permission to speak. He was the first person who’d ever disclosed their own abuse to me. His journey was so similar to mine, and I thought if he can sort his life out and get clean then I can do it too. That conversation inspired me to seek counselling and set up my own group, Shatter Boys to help other men.
“Since then, I’ve been in working in Nottingham to help establish Shatter Girls with a female survivor. Shatter Girls focuses on child sexual exploitation prevention work, and female peer support.
“I’d heard about the national inquiry into child abuse in the media. I wanted to be involved to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself. I have a son now, and a huge part of why I wanted to be involved was to protect future generations,.
“Part of my role was to help create and develop the Truth Project. I had a very negative experience with the police, and never felt like I was never believed by anyone in authority. The Truth Project was a perfect opportunity to speak truth to power, and my chance to help inform recommendations to government.”

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