The Stop it Now! Helpline has been operating since 2002 and we have published two reports during this time (2002-2005 and 2005-2009). Since the first report was published, the need for this unique resource has been confirmed, both by an increase in calls and emails and by how callers value the service it provides.
Our Helpline reports demonstrate that:
- Some people who have sexually abused a child want help to manage their behaviour. Others, who have not offended, recognise their thoughts about and behaviour towards children as potentially harmful and seek help to manage these.
Some adults are able to recognise inappropriate sexual behaviours and attitudes in family members and friends and will seek help and support in holding them accountable, whilst protecting children.
Some adults are able to recognise inappropriate or harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people and will seek help to address this behaviour.
However, where a sexual offence may have been committed or a child may be at risk, anxiety about repercussions, for themselves and for their loved ones, causes many people not to report concerns or seek help from statutory child protection agencies.
The Internet has become a major vehicle for harmful behaviour by adults, but it is also a place where some offenders and those close to them will seek help to ensure responsible online behaviour in the future.
With accurate information and support, adults can be effective agents of prevention within their family and the wider community.
Our resources are free to download, and we want to continue to provide free information and research to help adults, parents and carers protect children from harm. However, as a charity we have limited funds available to develop and print materials and we welcome support from individuals. If you are interested in making a donation to help support our work please follow this link.