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If you're sexually abusing a child – please stop! 

We know that's easier said than done. Just as survivors of child sexual abuse need support to move through their healing process, we know you need support to move through your process as well. We also know that every time you choose to abuse a child, it brings that child into a very dark place AND continues your spiral into a dark lonely place that may seem hopeless and leave you feeling helpless. We urge you to get the help you need to stop this cycle that hurts everyone involved.

Inappropriate sexual urges, thoughts, or behaviors relating to children indicate a serious health problem which requires medical attention and in very few cases will the health problem improve without professional help. For those who have not acted on these urges, please get help immediately before you hurt a child and irreversibly change the course of your life and theirs. For those who have already crossed the line and abused a child, we realize the decision to seek help may be a life changing moment that could result in legal action against you, depending on your age and past victimization of children. But we also realize for many of you, the guilt and loss of self respect associated with sexually abusing children, often the ones you love the most, may simply be unbearable. It may be hard to believe right now, but the sooner you confront this health problem and ask for help, the less impact it will have on your life.

Some of you may be ready to make a decision to stop abusing children and ask for help.

If so, make an appointment to see a therapist who specializes in the treatment of sexual disorders today. You will need someone who is knowledgeable and who can support you through this season of your life. For more information on the treatment of sexual disorders follow the link below to the National Institute for the study, prevention, and treatment of sexual trauma. You can also make an evaluation appointment directly with the National Institute.

If you're just not ready to make that decision but need someone to talk to, please call this confidential helpline:

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For more than 10 years, this National Helpline staffed by StopItNow has provided a confidential place for thousands of people to speak about a subject that they thought was unspeakable. They offer a chance for adults to voice their personal fears about their own sexualized thoughts or behavior toward children. Often their callers indicate that they have never spoken these words out loud before.

Each and every time you abuse a child, you make a personal choice; a personal choice that you will eventually be held accountable for legally and spiritually; a personal choice that will haunt your victims. So, although you are part of the problem, we beg you to be part of the solution as well; we ask that you do what's right, that you make a personal choice to seek help instead of abusing your next victim.