The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up because of serious concerns that some organisations had failed and were continuing to fail to protect children from sexual abuse. Their remit is huge, but as a statutory inquiry they have unique authority to address issues that have persisted despite previous inquiries and attempts at reform.
The Truth Project enables victims and survivors to share their experiences and be respectfully heard and acknowledged. They will help IICSA to better understand the long term impact of abuse. Their contribution will help us make recommendations about support needs, as well as challenging assumptions about child sexual abuse.
This has been a long-running project, and IICSA have recently announced that they are partnering with SignHealth, a Deaf Health charity, to allow deaf victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences in the language of their choice. SignHealth will provide information and support to Deaf people in the communication method of their choice. This includes BSL, text, WhatsApp, email and video call. SignHealth will also help anyone requiring assistance to register to participate in the Truth Project.
There is more information, including subtitled signlanguage films, explaining this, on the IICSA website.