MAP Resources

You are not alone. Choose a category from the list below for support.

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Crisis Resources

If you have concerns about any of the following, help is available.

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Suicidal Thoughts

B4U-ACT has a list of mental health resources for MAPs and advice on staying safe while seeking support for a mental health crisis.

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Acting on Attractions

Stop It Now!'s helpline provides support and referrals to resources for MAPs who are concerned about acting on their attractions.

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Illegal Content

MAP Resources maintains a guide on how to report illegal content involving children and find support to stop viewing such content.

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Harassment

MAP Resources compiles tools and advice to help MAPs protect themselves and their sensitive information while seeking support.

Dedicated Support

Some minor-attracted people and supporters may benefit from resources specifically for them. We maintain separate lists of resources for groups that often need unique support.

Minor MAPs

Minors who are attracted to significantly younger kids are more vulnerable to mental health issues caused by stigma and a lack of safe access to effective support.

Friends and Family

Friends and family members of MAPs face a variety of challenges, including overcoming misconceptions they may hold about MAPs to support the MAP they know.

POCD

A form of obsessive-compulsive disorder in which one experiences intrusive thoughts centered around the possibility of being a pedophile or a child abuser.

MAP Stories

Many minor-attracted people start their search for support by seeking information on the experiences of other MAPs. This can help reduce anxiety and loneliness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Minor-attracted people who are seeking support for the first time often have questions. We explore research and real-world events to answer some common ones.

Support Groups

Peer support is particularly useful for minor-attracted people who are struggling with loneliness or isolation, but the opportunity to connect with others is beneficial for all MAPs.

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Age: Open to ages 13 and up

Setup: Group chat with channels (Rocket.Chat)

Language: English

Open to adult allies

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Age: Open to ages 18 and up

Setup: Discussion board with topics (phpBB)

Language: English


Therapy

While it cannot change attractions, therapy can help many minor-attracted people overcome mental health issues and address concerns about committing a sexual offense.

Self-Help

These tools can help minor-attracted people overcome distress and find self-acceptance. Be aware that their focus on preventing abuse is known to be counterproductive for some.

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A set of educational modules for learning more about and managing your attractions.

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Primarily for young MAPs

Interactive course designed to help you learn about living with an attraction to minors.