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The use of CSAM does not happen on its own but is prompted by various internal and external triggers.

3.1 Factors that trigger the use

1. My pathway to CSAM

Various underlying factors and motivations form a path towards your use of CSAM, by triggering thoughts and emotions that lead you to harmful behavior. In the exercises, you will be asked to reflect on your own life and values, as well as other perspectives on the use of CSAM.

Understand the triggers

A trigger is a factor that sets off a chain of events that leads to the use of CSAM. Both internal and external factors can impact your use of CSAM, by leading you to act on your emotions and feelings.

These factors include your personal qualities, emotions, values, relationships, sexual interests and daily routines, as well as external factors in your social environment.

By understanding your triggers, you can choose how you want to behave in response to them. You are in control of how you react – you can either choose to use CSAM or take active steps to go in the other direction.

1. My pathway to CSAM

Various underlying factors and motivations form a path towards your use of CSAM, by triggering thoughts and emotions that lead you to harmful behavior. In the exercises, you will be asked to reflect on your own life and values, as well as other perspectives on the use of CSAM.

Factors that trigger the use of CSAM and alternative ways to react to triggers

“I, myself, can choose how to react to a trigger - I can choose whether or not I want to use CSAM”.

Try linking your triggering factors to what you wrote in "2. My life and my use"

1. My pathway to CSAM

Various underlying factors and motivations form a path towards your use of CSAM, by triggering thoughts and emotions that lead you to harmful behavior. In the exercises, you will be asked to reflect on your own life and values, as well as other perspectives on the use of CSAM.

Deviant sexual arousal

Deviant sexual thoughts and fantasies

Need for intimacy

Negative or positive emotional states (e.g. feeling disappointed or stressed)

Internal triggers:

1. My pathway to CSAM

Various underlying factors and motivations form a path towards your use of CSAM, by triggering thoughts and emotions that lead you to harmful behavior. In the exercises, you will be asked to reflect on your own life and values, as well as other perspectives on the use of CSAM.

1. My pathway to CSAM

Various underlying factors and motivations form a path towards your use of CSAM, by triggering thoughts and emotions that lead you to harmful behavior. In the exercises, you will be asked to reflect on your own life and values, as well as other perspectives on the use of CSAM.

Quotes

CSAM users told us about different triggering factors that lead them to use CSAM:

Traumatic life events (such as sexual, physical and/or mental abuse in childhood)

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“I was a victim myself and we watched it together.”

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“I have been abused in my younger days, and every time I recall what has happened to me, I feel the urge to view this kind of material so I don't feel alone.”

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“I was sexually abused when I was really young and this is a coping mechanism, a horrible one.”

Moving from watching legal adult porn to more taboo and extreme sexual materials

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“When watching porn, sometimes it isn't enough and I need something more "taboo", so normal porn isn't enough”

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“I use CSAM when regular porn bored me”

Easy access to CSAM

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“It is very easy to access and the thought of viewing something illegal and forbidden is very sexually exiting”

Negative emotional states

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“I was depressed and nervous”

What is a self-help program?

  • it is based on treatments that have been shown to be effective in treatment

  • it consists of different sections

  • it includes information and exercises to help you manage your everyday life and symptoms

1. My pathway to CSAM

Various underlying factors and motivations form a path towards your use of CSAM, by triggering thoughts and emotions that lead you to harmful behavior. In the exercises, you will be asked to reflect on your own life and values, as well as other perspectives on the use of CSAM.

Easy access to CSAM

Substance abuse

Positive, negative or traumatic life events

Other situational factors (e.g. seeing a picture on social media that arouses you)

External triggers:

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