More than 4,000 victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in England and Wales have shared their experiences with the Truth Project, part of the Independent Inquiry into Child 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.  

Meanwhile, new statistics from the Inquiry have found over three quarters of victims and survivors believe they were stereotyped after speaking out about their abuse.  

Based on a poll of 116 survivors from the Inquiry’s Victims and Survivors Forum, the findings revealed that more than half did not report the abuse because of concerns over how they would be seen by those around them. The Forum gives survivors of child sexual abuse the opportunity to meet, discuss and contribute to the Inquiry's work.

95% said that encouraging a more open conversation about child sexual abuse would help stop the stereotyping of victims and survivors.

81% said they have felt stereotyped as a victim and survivor of child sexual abuse.

69% said they did not speak out about the abuse due to fears of being stereotyped.

The Inquiry is calling for a more open conversation about child sexual abuse and asking survivors to come forward to contribute to its work.

Survivors of child sexual abuse who would like to share their experiences in writing, over the phone or in person can get in touch with the Inquiry's Truth Project at or by E: [email protected]

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