Historical abuse (also known as Non- Recent Abuse) is an allegation of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse made by or on behalf of someone who is now 18 years or over, relating to an incident which took place when the alleged victim was under 18 years old.
Many people who were abused in childhood believe that they are to blame and that the abuse was their fault. But this is never the case - a child cannot consent to abuse.
In countless circumstances children are too young to fully understand or articulate what is happening to them. Some spoke out at the time but weren't believed. Others were too embarrassed to tell anyone or did not know who to turn to.
For many, the abuse may have been too difficult to process and they may only remember aspects of what happened as they get older.
Others may have lived with the memories all their lives.
Whether the abuse happened once or hundreds of times, a year or 70 years ago, whatever the circumstances, there are people who can help. It is never too late.
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
The Inquiry has investigated whether public bodies and other non-state institutions in England and Wales have taken seriously their responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse, and make meaningful recommendations for change in the future. In December 2016 the Chair of the Inquiry, Professor Alexis Jay OBE, published the results of her internal review into the Inquiry's ways of working. The report sets out how the Inquiry will carry out its work as swiftly and effectively as possible. The review sharpens the focus of the Inquiry and lays out a detailed schedule of work for 2017.
For further information: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/