The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) are calling for victims of sexual attacks to come forward and tell of their experiences.
The inquiry, led by Justice Lowell Goddard, is supported by a Panel, a Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel, and other expert advisers.
The team have set up a helpline and want to hear from anyone who was sexually abused as a child in an institutional setting like a care home, a school, or a religious, voluntary or state organisation.
They also want to hear from anyone who reported their sexual abuse as a child to a person in authority such as a police officer or teacher where the report was either ignored or not properly acted on.
If a child care or protection professional wishes to come forward with information, the IICSA has set up special protection for whistleblowers.
Any account given to the team will not be tested or challenged and anyone taking part is given the opportunity to leave an anonymised message that will be included alongside the inquiry’s reports. The project represents an opportunity for victims to speak freely with someone in authority without having their story contested.
Those who wish to share information either as a victim or as a professional should call 0800 917 1000 or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org.