Many people who view sexual images of children online, or who commit related online offences, say that they were so caught up in what they were doing that they never stopped to consider the possible consequences for themselves or those closest to them. As well as the immediate emotional impact, if someone is arrested for viewing sexual images they may:
- have to leave the family home, or have supervised access to their own or other children
- disclose to their employer, especially if they work in a situation in which they have access to children. For teachers and medical personnel, for example, arrest will lead to immediate suspension.
- face financial and other hardships, particularly if employment is hard to come by
- go through a lengthy legal process
- be placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register (SOR)
If you would like to talk to someone about any of the issues raised above, please call the Stop It Now! free and confidential helpline - 0808 1000 900.
If you would like more information about the criminal justice process please click here.
The above link contains information about all aspects of the criminal justice process, from arrest through to sentencing and beyond, including what happens when a person is placed on the Sex Offenders Register. For those with children, it also contains information on the role of Children’s Services.