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National inquiry into child sex abuse coming to Telford

By Mat Growcott | News | Published:

The national Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will be coming to Telford in the coming months, it was announced today.

Officials from the inquiry will be visiting Telford after the town was hit was a child abuse scandal

The inquiry, led by Professor Jay, is investigating the extent to which institutions in England and Wales failed to protect children from sexual abuse.

Victims and survivors in Telford will be able to talk about their experiences as part of the inquiry's Truth Project.

The project, which inquiry bosses said is a vital part of its work, gives victims of child sexual abuse the opportunity to talk in confidence with a facilitator.

There are no legal consequences to attending a Truth Project session, they said. Participants are not cross-examined, questioned or challenged.

Alexis Jay, chairwoman of the Inquiry, said: “It’s vital that everyone who wants to participate in the Truth Project has the opportunity to do so.

"I would encourage victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in Telford to get in touch with us. We can promise you that you will be heard, recognised and respected.

"Child sexual abuse can take many different forms and we want to hear from as many victims and survivors as possible. We can offer support before, during and after your confidential Truth Project session and you can also make recommendations for change that will feed into the Inquiry’s recommendations.”

Those who participate in the Truth Project can give as much or as little detail about their experiences as they want and they are also able to make recommendations for change.

Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

Shropshire Star reporter

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