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IICSA published its final Report in October 2022. This website was last updated in January 2023.

IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

An explorative study on perpetrators of child sexual exploitation convicted alongside others

Report cover

May 2020

Dr Sarah Senker, Matthew Scott and Dr Lucy Wainwright from Tonic

Commissioned and undertaken on behalf of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse


This research report has been prepared at the request of the Inquiry’s Chair and Panel. The views expressed are those of the authors alone. The research findings arising from the fieldwork do not constitute formal recommendations by the Inquiry’s Chair and Panel and are separate from legal evidence obtained in investigations and hearings.

The report contains direct accounts and quotes from perpetrators of child sexual abuse and exploitation. Reading the report can have an emotional impact. There are some support organisations that it may be helpful to contact if you have been affected by any of the content in the report: /help-and-support.

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