#Stop It Now
News Posted: 18th March 2019
As you will be aware, Stop it Now! are our campaign partners and provide support services to individuals with problematic sexual thoughts and those who may be at risk of sexual offending which they believe is a critical part of preventing child sexual abuse.
Police Scotland in conjunction with Stop it Now! carried out research establishing that the risk of public exposure and losing everything (family, job, liberty) were the greatest factors that would prevent them from offending.
The key aims of the campaign will be to identify and deter perpetrators or potential perpetrators who currently pose a risk to children online. Intervention will play a key part, challenging their behaviour, with clear messaging that there is no place for them to hide, building on their fear of being caught. There will be clear direction to the support that is accessible to them from our campaign partner, Stop It Now!
Although the campaign is specific on targeting perpetrators of online child grooming as well as potential perpetrators, Police Scotland continues to work with partners and stakeholders to educate children and their parents on online safety as well as encourage them to report such offences. Police Scotland is committed to using the latest tactics available to them to detect online child abuse offences.
From April 2018 to February 2019, there has been almost 1600 crimes recorded where an individual has communicated with a child for sexual purposes, 70% of which were detected. Of these 1600 offences, 98 were reports of grooming or attempting to groom a child for sexual purposes, 90% of which were detected.
Detecting these offences is a priority for Police Scotland in keeping people safe.