As many of our readers know F.A.C.T. is associated with an independent trust fund which was set up in 2008 to promote issues relating to contested allegations in historic abuse cases.
The trustees recently met to review the trusts future strategy and decided that because of difficulties in commissioning academic research it would like to promote a publication of representative accounts of individuals (and their families) who have have been affected by the trauma and stigma of false allegations.
What the Trust have in mind is to record and publish, in anonymised form if necessary, the oral histories of approximately 12 people who have been affected by false allegations. It is hoped that the final selection will cover a range of issues which are common to our cause.
Obviously the project can only go ahead if enough people are willing to be interviewed and agree to their stories being published.
The project will be carefully managed in accordance with established principles for taking oral histories and ethical practice. The subjects will at all times have complete control over what is published and full control over any recorded interviews.
This project provides a unique opportunity for falsely accused people to have a voice and for their histories to be acknowledged and validated. If you would like to be involved in this project as either a subject or an information gatherer, or know someone who might be interested, please let the Chairman know as soon as possible. The project is expected to last about 18 months.
The Trust has also given notice that it would like to appoint two trustees to oversee this project. The Trust meets about twice a year and would particularly welcome interest from people who are concerned about injustice issues, or in documenting personal histories. If you would like to be considered please let the national Secretary or the Editor of FACTion know as soon as possible.