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First thematic report from IICSA Truth Project published, 30/05/2019 [W/E]

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published the first thematic report of the Truth Project, focusing on CSA in religious institutions.

The Truth Project is part of the IICSA. It is a way for victims and survivors of abuse to share their experiences. The project is designed to hear as much or as little people want to share in non-judgemental non-challenging way. If the person sharing agrees, their experience can be used anonymously in reports like the one published, or to otherwise improve child protection in England and Wales. You can visit the Truth Project website for more on What’s Involved.

The thematic report, “Child sexual abuse in the context of religious institutions”, looks at experiences of child sexual abuse in England and Wales. The experiences mainly come from Anglican and Catholic Churches, but also include cases from other Christian denominations and other religions, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, Islam and Judaism. It covers reports from between the 1940s and the 2010s.

The report looks at failures by institutions to deal with child sexual abuse, as well as including recommendations from survivors who contributed to the Truth Project.