A scientific analysis of the feedback provided by participants in the pilot study showed that in general Prevent It was well appreciated. Those who completed study participation reported positive treatment effects from an increased awareness of thoughts and behaviors, and good support from therapist, but also from having acquired useful tools, feelings of hope, and having managed to reduce their use of CSAM.
Some selected positive quotes from previous participants.
“It has given me hope to change my behavior, and it has provided me with useful tools to do it. I has shown me that I can be the owner of my behaviors and that I can take control of my life, even though I still have a lot of work to do"
"I have sharply reduced my undesirable sexual behavior"
“I feel more aware of my activities and much of the time the techniques work to avoid activity that is morally wrong. “
“Helped me to reflect on my sexual behavior and desires. I took some very helpful methods to deal with my attraction to minors. I learned a lot about the relation between feelings and behavior. My impression is that the therapists and creators of the study are very respectful towards the participants and do not have any prejudices against them”
“For the first time, I've felt like there was a way for me to get better. The therapists were very kind and encouraging. Some of the study materials turned out to be really helpful as a whole. ”
“I have had an increased understanding of myself, and the issues I will have to deal with from now on. I am thankful for the feedback from the therapists, their review of my work on myself has helped me gain insight and confidence in my ability to manage these behaviors ”
“Communicating thoughts and feelings with the therapist was good. Being able to "talk" to someone without judgement who knew that I am a pedophile helped me confront my behavior. Admitting to myself that I have a problem has helped me to reduce/stop accessing CSAM. ”
"Going through this treatment helped me understand my own sexuality more and helped my anxiety in that I felt that I could just talk about what I felt and thought to SOMEONE at all who wouldn't judge me in a way I fear others close to me would."
"My favorite thing about the program was the inner relief I got from the opportunity to honestly discuss the most private parts of my psyche in a way I couldn't ever do before and learning to cope with it better."
"There is definitely a way to stop viewing CSAM, and I wish this study will lead to a wider effort to help those stuck in the same pattern as I was a few months ago."
See full list of both positive and negative quotes in the supplements of the research article.