Conference on anonymous online therapies for individuals with sexual urges involving minors

At this conference, arranged by Centre for psychiatry research in Stockholm, researchers and stakeholders from around the world are coming together to discuss the future of a newly developed and evidence-based intervention concept to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation, on- and offline.

Child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSAE) is a rapidly increasing and global problem for which existing strategies have proven to be insufficient. A possible complementary preventative strategy is to reach out with risk reducing treatment to individuals with sexual urges involving minors.

Researchers at Centre for psychiatry research (Region Stockholm & Karolinska Institutet) in collaboration with Linköping University, and international partner organisations, have developed several anonymous online global psychotherapeutical programs for self identified individuals at risk of committing CSAE that are now being evaluated in ongoing research programs.

At this conference we will discuss the possibilities and limitations of this cutting edge new technique. Leading scientists in the field from nine countries as well as collaborators and other stakeholders will participate.

Project Priority entails a clinical trial of a revised version of the Prevent It program, delivered in three languages. In the project we also investigate structural and individual barriers for accessing treatment. Centre for Psychiatry Research, Sweden. Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. Universidade do Porto, Portugal. The Royal Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Canada. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

GPP. As part of the Global Perpetrator Prevention Project, Prevent It is also evaluated in an English, revised version for global outreach via different internet sites, including forums on the Darknet. Centre for Psychiatry Research, Sweden.

Project Bridge entails two clinical trials in seven languages evaluating interventions tailored to the participant’s risk level of sexually offending. One subproject also investigates cultural factors affecting the clinical encounter. Centre for Psychiatry Research, Sweden. Protect Children, Finland. Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. National Institute of Mental Health, Czech Republic. Akademia Policajneho Zboru V Bratislave, Slovakia. Universitat Jaume I De Castellon, Spain.


  • 8:30 Registration
  • 9:00 Perpetrator prevention - p-values & pitfalls - Christoffer Rahm
  • 9:45 Project Priority - plans & purposes - Peer Briken
  • 10:15 Coffee and poster session
  • 10:45 Perspectives on global online therapies - possibilities & limitations            
    Monica Ek, healing after childhood abuse
    Lena Larsson, law enforcement agency
    TBA, person with lived experience of pedophilia
    Elizabeth Letourneau, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA
  • 11:30 Q&A from audience to the project leaders: Christoffer Rahm, Peer Briken and Michael Seto
  • 12:00 Posters and networking
  • 12:30 End


Peer Briken
Professor and Director of Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Monica Ek
Author and influencer, survivor of child sexual abuse

Lena Larsson
Criminal Inspector, Swedish Cybercrime Center, Sweden

Elizabeth Letourneau
Professor and Director of Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, John Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA

Christoffer Rahm – Psychiatrist and Research Group Leader at Centre for Psychiatry Research, Sweden

Michael Seto
Professor and Research Director, Forensic Mental Health Research Unit, Royal Ottawa University, Toronto, Canada


Christoffer Rahm, MD, PhD 
Research Group Leader at Centre for Psychiatry Research
Region Stockholm & Karolinska Institutet