Thoughts or behaviour

This part of the site is for wives and partners, parents, all adult family members and friends of people who they suspect or know may be engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviours involving children.

You might be using this website because:

  • Someone you are close to has told you they experience sexual thoughts about children
  • Someone you are close to they have committed a contact sexual offence against a child
  • You have concerns about the behaviour of someone you know towards children

This website offers free, anonymous self-help for those wishing to use the materials themselves or with the help of a family member or friend. It provides information about sexual offences against children and the law, and helps users to identify, explore, and manage their problematic sexual thoughts and/or sexual behaviour involving children.

Our aim is to provide the information that family members need in order to begin to make sense of an extremely challenging situation. The discovery or suspicion that someone close to you is experiencing sexual thoughts about children, or engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviour, is usually very upsetting and people worry about the consequences not just for that person, but for themselves and their families.

Don’t forget, you can talk to a trained advisor on our helpline, or use our secure messaging system.


The University of Nottingham is conducting research through an anonymous survey. The research aims to understand experiences of women who have experienced difficulties in their relationships, including those whose partners/ex-partners have been involved in sexual offences against children online.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Aimee Johnson.


Disclaimer

Your use of this website constitutes your agreement to the provisions of the following points:

  • The information provided throughout this website is intended for information, self-exploration and self-help only. It is designed to increase awareness in people who may feel they experience sexual thoughts about children or may have committed a sexual offence against a child. The information contained in this website is not, and should not be taken as, a substitute for professional advice and/or treatment.
  • Although the content of the self-help exercises is based on existing research, this research is on-going and the authors would not wish to make any claims about effectiveness.
  • All the information contained on this website is intended to increase awareness of a problem, or potential problem, with regard to a sexual interest in children and is not designed to form a diagnosis. Anyone who feels that they may have a problem in this area should seek professional advice from a qualified person.
  • The Stop It Now team accepts no liability for claims by, or damages of any kind whatsoever to, users of this website. This also applies to decisions or actions taken by any individuals on the basis of the information contained on this website.
  • The information and materials, unless stated otherwise, are copyrighted by Stop It Now and are intended solely for the users own use.
  • The contents, design and format of this website are under the ownership of Stop It Now and must not be reproduced or distributed without prior permission.
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To keep this website and its self-help resources as effective as possible for its users, we would very much appreciate you taking a short survey. The survey is completely confidential and you will not need to provide any identifying details. It should take about ten minutes to complete.


To take the survey, please click here.


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