Don't Offend India is an initiative to provide treatment to people with a sexual attraction towards children and/or early adolescents.

Have you been unable to talk about your sexual attraction towards children and/or early adolescents? Has your attraction made you feel ashamed? We are here to help.

In India, call anonymously at 1800 - 123 - 8905
or log on to TROUBLED DESIRE.

What is Pedophilia?

The feeling of being sexually attracted towards children is called “pedophilia”. Research estimates that up to one per cent of the adult male population have sexual fantasies with children and might have pedophilia (females with pedophilia exist but in fewer numbers). For India, that would mean that 7 million people feel sexually attracted to children.

There are also people who feel sexually attracted towards early adolescents who have just entered puberty. This attraction is called “hebephilia”. Currently, the cause(s) for these kinds of attraction is unclear but what we do know is that for many people it is difficult to find a safe way to deal with their attraction.

People with a sexual attraction towards children and/or early adolescents usually realize their attraction because of their sexual fantasies about children and/or early adolescents. When one realizes their fantasies for the very first time, feelings of insecurity, stress, anxiety and shame are common. Some may fear that they might harm children and/or early adolescents because of their attraction.They might act on their fantasies or watch sexualized images of children (known as "child pornography").

However, there are also individuals with pedophilia who are aware of their attraction but they have control over their behaviour and are confident that they will never engage in any sexual activity with children and/or early adolescents.

The following signs can indicate a sexual attraction towards children and/or early adolescents:

  • sexually arousing fantasies involving children and/or early adolescents
  • sexual arousal while observing children and/or early adolescents, or during contact with them
  • watching sexualized images of children and/or early adolescents

What We Are Not?

We do not support child sexual abuse in any form

We do not and cannot cure pedophilia

Where is treatment available?

We offer on-site treatment for people with a sexual attraction towards children and/or early adolescents who have not acted out. It is available in Pune at KEM Hospital Research Centre, and in Mumbai with individual therapists. Here, people with this sexual preference are assessed using research-based psychological tools. Our experts have a detailed dialogue with the individual to understand their problems and to plan the treatment. The treatment is strictly confidential and free of cost.

The goal of the therapy is to learn how to deal effectively with one's sexual attraction. An important aspect addressed during the treatment is developing the ability to control one's behavior in such a way that sexual offences against children are prevented.

Some components of the therapy are:

  • Having an appropriate perception and evaluation of sexual desires and needs
  • Developing the ability to identify and cope with risky situations
  • Improving interpersonal relationships
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