Help Wanted: Designing a Prevention Intervention for Adolescents Who Are Sexually Attracted to Children

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
R1 2016-2017 $50,000

The Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health developed the Help Wanted Prevention Intervention, an online tool for adolescents and young adults with a sexual interest in children. This intervention aims to reduce the risk that those attracted to younger children will act out on those attractions and to enhance their own healthy development. The Moore Center will continue to advance this project towards evaluation and dissemination and is willing to offer workshops as well as share lessons learned such as: web-based mental health interventions, hard to reach populations, and practices to maintain anonymity and/or confidentiality.

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  • Communities

    Adolescents and young adults with sexual attraction to children Youth/Adolescents/Young Adult
  • Products

    Presentation: Dr. Letourneau's December 2016 TEDMED talk on the Help Wanted Prevention Intervention 2016 TEDMED Letourneau
    Curriculum: The Help Wanted Prevention Intervention is developing a series of online sessions based on the 5 key areas determined. This material will be made available once finalized. Help Wanted Prevention Intervention (TBD)
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    Therapeutic/mental health
  • Level

    International National
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  • Enhance Partnerships

    Enhance Partnerships

    Working across ATSA Collaborative Project members, Help Wanted Prevention Intervention team, and newly engaged 3C Institute

  • Learning Circles

    Learning Circles

    Presented key information at the 2017 National Sexual Assault Conference as part of the RALIANCE track.

  • Provide Resources

    Provide Resources

    Online prevention intervention sessions that focus on: 

    1) access to information about child sexual abuse and why it is harmful;

    2) skill building for healthy sexuality;

    3) practical advice for self-management and coping techniques;

    4) building self-identity and developing positive narratives; and

    5) disclosure and safety skills

  • Raise Awareness

    Raise Awareness

    Dr. Letourneau participated in a December 2016 TEDMED talk.