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13,000 British paedophiles request help to stop looking at child sex abuse images in one year

‘Our message to people viewing indecent images: get help or get caught,’ says lead officer

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More than 13,000 people have sought help to
stop them from viewing indecent images of children in the past year,
according to a leading charity.

According to Stop it Now,
a charity that works to reduce child abuse, more than 12,000 people
accessed self-help resources on its website. A further 1,615 people with
concerns about their online behaviour called the charity’s confidential
hotline.

The news comes as the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Child
Protection, Chief Constable Simon Bailey, warned that the most recent
official figure of the number of people looking at sexual images of
children online could be grossly underestimated.

Constable Bailey said in a statement: “Viewing indecent images of
children is illegal and it is not a victimless crime – children in these
images are abused when an image is first taken and repeatedly
victimised every time that image is viewed.

“In 2013, it was estimated that 50,000 people were viewing these
images but we fear that number could have increased significantly.

“In response, forces are arresting more offenders and safeguarding
more children than ever before. But enforcement alone cannot solve this
problem – more needs to be done to prevent abuse in the first place.

“There are many people who offend or are yet to offend and want help to stop their behaviour.

“Our message to people viewing indecent images of children is get help or get caught.”

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