Joint message in support of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s Truth Project (8 Nov 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner and West Yorkshire Police are supporting the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse's "Truth Project".

The "Truth Project" is an opportunity to share experience and views with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in a safe and confidential way. By encouraging victims and survivors to come forward the Inquiry hopes to better understand the scale, breadth and nature of child sexual abuse, in an effort to help stop it happening in the future.

If you would like to get in touch to take part in the "Truth Project" or would like to find out more information visit https://www.iicsa.org.uk/victims-and-survivors or call freephone 0800 917 1000. The IICSA also has a Facebook account https://www.facebook.com/IICSATruthProject/ and a Twitter account www.twitter.com/InquiryCSA.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is doing some extremely important work. I would encourage anyone who feels they have information that could assist to get in touch in whichever way they feel most comfortable. It's crucial that we work together to improve services and work towards a world that's free from abuse."

Detective Superintendent Darren Minton of West Yorkshire Police's Safeguarding Governance Unit, said: "The work going to be undertaken during this independent inquiry is incredibly important to help us gain further knowledge about the extent of child sexual abuse and how to support victims.

"West Yorkshire Police and partners continue to be proactive in our approach to encourage victims to come forward and reassure them that all reports will be taken seriously. We have also worked to ensure offences are investigated sensitively and thoroughly with the aim of protecting the victim(s) from further harm and to secure a criminal conviction against offenders.

"We have developed a far greater understanding of child sexual abuse than in the past and this has led to rapid action to prioritise resources to improve the identification and prosecution of perpetrators of this abhorrent crime. The Police and partners have also invested heavily to ensure our approach is acutely focused on safeguarding the most vulnerable in society, tackle offending and we will continue to do everything we can to support victims ensuring the best possible outcome for them."

If you have been a victim of child sexual abuse or you are worried someone you know may have been, you can find out more about the signs and the help available on West Yorkshire Police's website https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/child-protection/child-sexual-exploitation/child-sexual-exploitation. Most importantly, if you haven't already done so, please report it to the police.

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