Child sexual abuse is an ‘epidemic’ in Britain, a major inquiry has found

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The results of the major investigation have finally been released (Picture: Getty Images)

An inquiry launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal has recommended that victims of child sexual abuse should be compensated.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has finally published its findings after seven years.

The report called the nature and scale of such crimes in England and Wales “an epidemic” affecting millions.

The IICSA stressed that heinous acts had been concealed for years by institutions and politicians who had put their reputation before the well-being of young people.

The inquiry recommended that those in high-level positions who fail to report such crimes must be prosecuted.

“The nature and level of abuse we encountered was shocking and deeply disturbing,” Alexis Jay, a social care expert who led the investigation, told reporters.

“This isn’t just a historical aberration that happened decades ago, it’s an ever-growing problem and a national epidemic.”

According to the report, institutions and politicians have placed their reputation before the well-being of young people (Image: Getty Images)

The major investigation, launched in July 2014, followed a series of horrific abuse revelations, some dating back decades.

Most notable was the late BBC television star Jimmy Savile, who after his death was exposed as one of the country’s most prolific sex offenders.

Hundreds of people came forward after his death with allegations of abuse.

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Justin Scacco

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