CSAM refers to Child Sexual Abuse Material (sometimes known as ‘child
pornography’). CSAM includes images, videos, live-streaming, and any other
material that depicts sexual violence against a child. CSAM can include
material that shows a child in a sexually suggestive or explicit manner
partially clothed, or nude, and can include material that does or does not
illustrate sexual activity. See COPINE scale for more detailed definition.
Sexual interest in children
If you experience dominant and permanent sexual attraction towards children,
think about children in sexual ways or if you have sexual fantasies about
children and the urge to engage in sexual activity with a child or children
much younger than oneself. In medical terms sexual interest in children is
defined pedophilia or hebephilia. Pedophilia is when sexual interest is
primarily to children in their pre-puberty and hebephilia when to children in
Having recurring and obsessive dependency on an unconventional or socially
unacceptable stimulus as a source of sexual pleasure (for example children,
objects, situations, animals, secretion).
Behavioral addiction/non-substance addictions
A form of addiction that involves a compulsion to engage in a rewarding
non-substance-related behavior despite any negative consequences to the
person's physical, mental, social, or financial well-being. Behavioral
addictions are characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli
(such as CSAM) despite adverse consequences.
Path to CSAM use
A number of factors and situations form a path to using CSAM. The aim of this
program is to ReDirect you away from this path and onto a new path to a more
meaningful life without CSAM.
A trigger factor is a particular situation or psychological stimulus that
prompts a chain of events. There can be external (e.g. tragic event, use of
online adult pornography) or internal (e.g. thoughts, emotions) triggering
factors that lead to the use of CSAM.
CBT theory and therapy
Cognitive behavioral theory (CBT) concentrates on the connections between our
thoughts, emotions, and behavior as a holistic process in which no single
domain determines activity in other domains.
In CBT therapy people learn how certain thoughts lead to certain feelings
which in turn lead to certain behavioral responses and vice versa. CBT therapy
has proven to be an effective treatment for people how have problems with the
use of CSAM, as the goal is to achieve cognitive, behavioral, and emotional
Therapy strengthens the responsible behavior and helps to achieve a healthier
life with safer and better emotional, behavioral, and cognitive functioning.