The Truth Project enables victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences in a confidential setting and invites them to make recommendations to better protect children in future.
The Inquiry wants to encourage young people to come forward because they can offer insights about the nature of new threats like online grooming and share their experiences of current support services available to children.
New research for the Inquiry found that only 19% of young people are comfortable taking part in a conversation about child sexual abuse with adults they know and trust.
In contrast, the Populus poll found over twice as many over 65s (45%) were comfortable discussing the topic.
Over 8,000 people have now come forward to the Truth Project and almost 2,000 people have shared their experiences.
Professor Alexis Jay, the Chair of the Inquiry said:
"If, as a society, we want to stop children from being sexually abused in future, we need to have an honest conversation about the experiences of victims and survivors. I hope that young people can help lead the way. They will bring specific insights into current concerns which will be great benefit to the Inquiry."
LJMU’s Director of Student Advice and Wellbeing, Yvonne Turnbull added:
"Working with the Truth project will give anyone within the LJMU community the opportunity to talk about their experiences in a supportive and understanding environment. Many students only feel safe to talk once they have moved away from the environment where the abuse has happened, and this can impact hugely on an individual’s ability to thrive at University."
LJMU is promoting this work through articles on our student homepage and using posts from our student social media channel @LJMUlife