1. Look after yourself
If you are sexually interested in children, it is vital you seek help and support to control your behaviour. Shutting yourself in may cause feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness that are reflected on your mood and deteriorate mental health. It is important that you look after yourself.
2. Seek information
The more knowledge you have of your sexual interest in children, the better you understand your feelings, thoughts and experiences. Information and knowledge guide you in controlling your harmful, sexual thoughts and behaviour. The exercises in this programme help you understand your child-related sexual interest. You may want to think about your situation through the following exercises and questions.
Stop dwelling on your sexual interest in children on your own, be brave and contact people who can help you. (See Section 3 for contact information) The specialized staff are there to help and support you, also anonymously.
4. Thoughts, emotions and behaviour
Current knowledge states that sexual interest in children is a rather stable feature. In spite of this, everyone can control, or learn how to control, one's actions and behaviour. It is important to differentiate between sexual thoughts or impulses and actual actions. Humans rarely follow their sexual urges fully automatically. One can affect the way he or she behaves. Strong sexual impulses do pass and everyone can learn to regulate and control the related thoughts and emotions, and act responsibly.
It is a serious offence to act upon child-related thought and desires in practice. Do not commit a crime, seek help. If you feel this programme and its exercises do not offer you the support you need or if you suspect you cannot control your behaviour, please do not harm a child, seek help.
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