It takes strength to ask for help when you need it.
At Stop It Now! we receive many inquiries from adults who are worried about their sexual thoughts and feelings towards children. Recognizing a sexual behavior problem in yourself can feel frightening and lonely. Being honest with yourself about risky behavior is the first step towards staying safe.
Living a double-life of lies and secrets is a burden that can be lifted. There are places to turn to for relief. Help is available. If you are troubled or distracted by sexual thoughts and activities that include children, we can help youl find help to stop -- starting now.
No excuse justifies the sexual abuse of a child. Here you can learn how to start a safety plan today so things don’t get any worse, and reach out for help to stop the feeling of being out of control. We can help you get the facts and plan your next steps to get help.
Explore a full menu of topics using the navigation (Your Help Center) on the top left of this page. For a quick response, go to the Key Steps on the top right.
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- Recognizing Warning Signs
- Definitions of Child Sexual Abuse
- How Abuse Happens
- Understanding Sexual Behavior in Kids
- Warning Signs in Adults and Children
- Prevention and Safety
- Keys to Preventing Sexual Abuse of Children
- Creating a Plan for Safety
- Considering Filing Reports
- Talking about It
- Recovery and Therapy
- For Children and Adults Who Have Been Abused
- For Those At-Risk to Abuse Others or Who Have Offended
- For Parents and Caregivers
- Reporting and Legal Issues
- Filing Reports
- Child Protective Services and Police
- Legal Issues
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-- Helpline Caller (Adult at-risk to abuse)