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What research reveals about offender behaviour in OSEC

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What research reveals about offender behaviour in the online sexual exploitation of children

Understanding the motivations of people who seek out, produce or encourage the creation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is a key aspect in informing our methods and practices in the CSE response ecosystem. The ever-evolving nature of this heinous crime necessitates an up-to-date response, as the ways that offenders use technology to abuse children is constantly changing.

Research into the online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) is a vital piece of the puzzle in detecting and identifying perpetrators of child sexual abuse.

Our March 2023 event focused on understanding the perpetrator behaviours and tactics that are essential to those working to detect, prosecute and prevent this crime. View the recording below.


Your Presenter

Dr Sarah Napier is Research Manager of the Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) Research Program at the AIC. Here, she conducts research into child sexual abuse material offending, live streaming of child sexual abuse and effectiveness of OSEC prevention programs. Dr Napier holds a PhD in Criminology from the University of Sydney, which focused on OSEC and how to disrupt and prevent it. She has also conducted research into juvenile sexual offending, the effectiveness of public sex offender registries and sex offender treatment programs, domestic violence and drug use. She is currently Chair of the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) Research Working Group.

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