1. ITV Report

Rochdale sex abuse victims meet with independent inquiry


This July the Truth Project, part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, will hear directly from victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in Rochdale.

The Truth Project gives individuals who were failed by an institution a unique opportunity to tell the Inquiry in confidence about their experiences of child sexual abuse. Victims and survivors are also invited to make suggestions about what can be done to stop children being sexually abused in the future.

The Inquiry will use this information to shape its recommendations to Parliament.

The Truth Project was designed in consultation with victims and survivors to provide a supportive environment in which to speak out. Victims and survivors are in control, and will be able to decide how much detail they want to go into and how long they would like the session to last for.

Over 800 victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have now come forward to the Truth Project across England and Wales. The Inquiry has heard from victims and survivors in the north west, north east, south west, Wales, London and Nottingham.

In October, the Inquiry will publish a report which will feature the experiences of victims and survivors from the Truth Project.

  • Drusilla Sharpling CBE, Inquiry Panel member and Head of the Truth Project said:

The Truth Project is here in Rochdale to empower victims and survivors to speak out and help us as a society stop the same patterns of abuse happening over and over again.

If you are a victim and survivor and you are thinking about coming forward, my promise to you is that we will listen to you. We will respect you. What you tell us can make a real difference.

– Drusilla Sharpling CBE
  • If you would like to share your experience with the Truth Project, more information is available at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse's website
  • Or you can call the Information line on 0800 917 1000. The Information line is open weekdays 8am-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm
  • Or The Truth Project homepage