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More people getting help to stop viewing sexual images of children online

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Published at 8:27am 6th December 2018.

he number of people coming forward for help to stop viewing sexual images of children in Dorset has increased by 43%.

148 people came forward between August 2017 and February 2018.

But, since then 212 people in Dorset have come forward for help through the Stop it Now! website or helpline.

Across the South West, 1,390 people accessed support between February and August.

Stop it, Now! aims to make people aware that there is help available to stop viewing and sharing sexually explicit of under 18's.

They say the problem's growing and offenders need to be taught about the harm it causes.

Director of the Stop it Now! Helpline, Donald Findlater said: "We're delighted with the success of the campaign so far, with over 200 people from the South West seeking help with online sexual behaviour towards children every month. Mostly these are men wanting help to stop viewing sexual images of children. But a growing number of wives, partners and parents are getting in contact because of concerns about the online sexual behaviour of someone they love.

"People engaged in this behaviour need to be clear that sexual images of children are illegal, that children are harmed when they are made, and also every time they are viewed. Offenders put at risk everything they take for granted or have worked hard to achieve - family, friends, work, their liberty. The Stop it Now! Helpline offers them a confidential place to get help so their illegal online behaviour stops and stays stopped. Getting help takes just a phone call."

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