The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has launched a landmark TV public awareness campaign to ensure victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have the opportunity to be heard at the Truth Project.
The Truth Project enables victims and survivors to share what happened to them and make suggestions to help keep children safer in future. People can share their accounts in writing as well as in person or over the phone.
The advertisement uses empty speech bubbles floating above people in a number of locations around England and Wales. These represent both the silence many victims and survivors face when they try to tell someone what happened to them, and the difficulty they may have in talking about what they suffered.
The campaign was created in consultation with victims and survivors to ensure it truly reflects the thoughts, experiences and opinions of those who have been affected by child sexual abuse.
The TV campaign starts on January 14 and runs for six weeks. More than 2,000 accounts have been shared with the Truth Project since its launch in 2015.
Dru Sharpling, Inquiry Panel member and lead for the Truth Project said: “We have to break the wall of silence that has built up around child sexual abuse if we are to create a safer future for children. The experiences, perspectives and insights of victims and survivors who come forward will help us to make meaningful and robust recommendations for change.”
Chris Tuck, a member of the Inquiry’s Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel said: “I am a survivor of child sexual abuse and a campaigner. When I spoke out, nobody believed me. I’ve been waiting decades for society to sit up and listen to the experiences of victims and survivors and I am proud to support this campaign.”
“The Truth Project exists to give people like me a voice, so that together we can help protect future generations.”