Sexual exploitation of children online is a large-scale and rapidly growing global problem. The abuse causes trauma to the children, it is in most countries a criminal offense and it violates the rights of children under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Also, the perpetrators and users of child sexual abuse material can be in distress from the behavior and it can have several negative consequences.
This study aims to evaluate a new way to help people to stop using online child sexual abuse material, a behavior that is currently lacking any scientifically proven treatment. We are testing a therapist-assisted online cognitive behavioral psychotherapy programme based on a new manual called Prevent it. The study is an academically initiated, global, randomised, blind, controlled (psychological placebo as well as waitlist) clinical trial.