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Resources for People Concerned About Their Own Sexual Thoughts and Behavior

Seeking help takes courage. We believe people who are concerned about their sexual thoughts or behaviors involving children can be helped.

Elizabeth Letourneau, director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse  and Michael Seto at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group collated these support resources for people concerned about their sexual thoughts or behaviors involving children. All of these resources were screened for credibility of source, actionable advice, relevancy, user-friendliness, and accessibility.

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Help Wanted

Help Wanted is an online course designed to provide the skills and tools necessary for adolescents and young adults with an attraction to children to live safe, healthy, and non-offending lives. Course sessions include strategies for coping with an attraction to children, determining whether and how to talk about their attraction with others, and testimonials from people with an attraction to children who lead successful, offense-free lives. Help Wanted is anonymous and self-paced, and course sessions can be accessed in any order.

Troubled Desire

Troubled Desire

Troubled Desire is an online service for people who are concerned about their sexual feelings for children and early adolescents. They offer online resources and if available, a local therapist. Hosted in Germany, Troubled Desire guarantees confidentiality and anonymity and is subject to strict European Data Privacy laws. (Website is in English, French, German, Hindi, Marathi,  Portuguese, and Spanish).

Stop It Now!

Stop it Now! USA

Stop it Now! USA provides education and other resources to prevent child sexual abuse. They have self-help pages for people who are concerned they might engage in harmful sexual behavior, a confidential helpline at 1.888.PREVENT and online chat. (Website is English only).

Stop It Now! UK & Ireland

Stop it Now! UK & Ireland

Stop it Now! UK & Ireland provides anonymous hotline and confidential advice and support to people worried about their own thoughts, feelings, or behavior towards children. They offer self-help resources for people who are worried about their online behavior, and self-help resources for people who are worried about their thoughts, feelings, or behavior towards minors. (Website language is English).

Stop it Now! Belgium

Stop it Now! Flanders (Belgium) and Stop it Now! Netherlands

Stop it Now! Flanders (Belgium) and Stop it Now! Netherlands provide a confidential helpline at 0800.200.50 (Belgium) and 0800.266.64.36 (Netherlands) and online chat for support. In 2017, both organizations launched Stopping is Possible” for those who are concerned about their viewing of child sexual exploitation material (child pornography). (Both websites are in Dutch).



Based in Sweden, Preventell is a free helpline offering anonymous consultation and referrals for individuals concerned about their sexual interests or behaviors. Preventell is offered by ANOVA, department of Sexual Medicine at the Karolinska University Hospital. The helpline is open on weekdays from 12 to 3 p.m. CET and can be reached at 020-667-778.



Based in Spain, PrevenSI. offers free, anonymous consultation and referrals to people with a sexual interest in children through their helpline, messenger, and email. PrevenSI. is the result of the union of three entities: Intress association, IRES Foundation, and the Institute of Forensic Psychology. Their helpline and messenger are both open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. CET and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CET. The PrevenSI helpline can be reached at 900-440-443 and their messenger is available on their website.

Dis No

Dis No

Dis No is a French program based in Switzerland that offers anonymous support for those struggling with their sexual interest in children. They are available through their helpline (0 840 740 640) Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30AM to 12:00PM CET and 1:30PM to 4PM CET or through their email at . Please note that when contacting the helpline, an 8 cent per minute charge will apply.

Save the Children Finland

Save the Children Finland

Founded in 1922, Save the Children Finland’s objective is to further children’s rights. A part of their work is the prevention of child sexual abuse. Save the Children Finland, in co-operation with the Criminal Sanctions Agency and the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS), created a self-help program for people who are concerned about their sexual interest in children. The program was launched in 2018 and can be used anonymously and free of charge. (Program is available in English, Finnish, and Swedish).

Virtuous Pedophiles

Virtuous Pedophiles

Virtuous Pedophiles offers an online peer support group for pedophilic individuals committed to never acting sexually with a child. Support group topics include: coping with sexual or romantic feelings about children, depression or anxiety, and social isolation. To participate in a peer support group, email to request access. (Website and discussions are in English).



B4U-ACT is a collaboration of mental health professionals and minor-attracted people (MAPs) to promote quality mental health care for MAPs who seek it. They provide education about MAPs’ life circumstances, strengths, and mental health needs, to enable therapists and researchers to treat MAPs in more knowledgeable, ethical, non-stigmatizing, and effective ways. Activities include annual workshops for mental health professionals and MAPs to promote dialog and understanding, research collaboration on MAP mental health and well-being, MAP referrals to therapists abiding by our therapeutic guidelines, a monthly "Dialog on Therapy" teleconference, a researcher email group, and support forums for MAPs and family. (Website and discussions are in English).

Safe to talk

Safe to talk

Safe to Talk is a New Zealand-based program that offers free, confidential support to those who have been sexually harmed, or who are concerned about their own thoughts and behaviors. Support can include answers to questions about sexual harm; information about medical, emotional, and behavioral issues related to sexual harm; information about reporting to the police; referral to specialists in your area; and information for family and friends. Trained specialists are available 24/7 through email (, text (4334), live chat, or phone (0800 044 334). Safe to talk also offers interpreter services for 44 languages for those whose first language is not English. (Website language is English).

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Talking for Change

Talking for Change is a Canadian prevention program based out of the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, ON and funded by Public Safety Canada. The program provides both anonymous and non-anonymous services to those who are distressed by their sexual attractions, concerned about their risk to offend against a child, and/or using child sexual exploitation material.

The anonymous support helpline is available cross-Canada for both youth and adults. The helpline is free and available through both phone {1-833-703-3303 (toll-free); 416-583-1310 (local)} and chat, with the chat function accommodating over 25 languages. Both helplines are staffed by trained clinicians Mondays through Fridays from 12PM – 6PM EST (closed on statutory holidays).

The non-anonymous program consists of free virtual psychotherapy available to individuals 18 years and older. The program is self-referral and begins with a detailed assessment. 


I.T.E.R. is an outpatient treatment center for those who have committed sexual offenses or who are concerned about their sexual thoughts/behaviors. Based in Brussels and Flemish-Brabant, I.T.E.R. offers face to face psychotherapy as well as free anonymous consultations by phone or email ( The phone helpline is available Mondays through Fridays from 9:00AM to 4:00PM (GMT +2) and can be reached at 02/512.62.43. If more assistance is needed after consultation, the I.T.E.R. team can offer semi-anonymous, low-cost (free, €4.00, or €11.00) face to face treatment based on an individual’s income. All services are available in Dutch.