An innovative new charity video is appealing directly to people viewing images of child sex abuse online to get help before it’s too late.
The series of videos, which are part of the ‘Stop it Now!’ campaign, seek to show the harm done to the children involved in such images and challenge the justification some people may use that simply viewing them is a victimless crime.
The campaign’s homepage explains that: “Stop it now provides information and support for users of illegal online images and those around them, helping to cope with difficult emotions and to change problematic behaviours.”
‘Stop it Now!’ was launched in 2002 by The Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF), the only UK wide charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused.
Donald Findlater, director of research and development for the LFF, told the BBC that recent research indicated as many as 10% of those who look at child abuse images may go on to abuse a child.
He said: “The sooner we stop people viewing indecent images of children online, the fewer children will be abused.”
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