Knowledge and facts about abuse

Children who have been subjected to sexual abuse are not always aware of having been subjected to an illegal act. This can make it difficult for adults to identify whether the child has been exposed to sexual abuse.

Have you been sexually abused?
We have made a list with information about addresses and websites where it is possible to get advice and help in connection with sexual abuse. The list contains relevant addresses for a number of different target groups, such as children and young people, adults, relatives, and professionals.

Reports on combating child sexual abuse material
Here, you can see the latest reports from INHOPE.


Preventing the sexual abuse of children - Support for young people with sexual thoughts about children
Here, you can read a guidebook aimed at professionals who are in contact with young people who feel sexually attracted to children. The guidebook explains how you can provide the best possible support to young people to prevent sexual abuse against children.
The guidebook can be downloaded here.

Everyday images of children in sexualizing contexts in 2020
Using everyday images of children in sexualizing contexts is a serious violation. The report shows how, in the work to protect children from sexual abuse, we identify trends and mechanisms that point to increased attention and a lack of protection as well as the need for more concrete measures.
See the Danish report Everyday images of children in sexualizing contexts 2020 (pdf).

Anthology of digital abuse
The report explains how sexual abuse takes place on the Internet and the consequences it has for children and young people. Consisting of nine chapters, the book provides the latest knowledge in a constantly developing field full of professional challenges.
Read the Danish book How bad can it be? An anthology about IT-related sexual abuse of children and young people (pdf).

Gray-zone images
A special type of images of scantily clad children, intended to satisfy the sexual fantasies of adults, is bought, sold, and shared on the Internet every day. While these images are not illegal, the children featured in them are being violated. In the report, Save the Children examines the large market for so-called erotically posed images of children and recommends new legislation to better protect children. Read the Danish report Gray-zone images (pdf).

Young people’s digital well-being (survey)
Figures from Save the Children and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health show that many young people receive abusive messages online. Most young people are good at being careful, but things go very wrong for some.
Download the survey in Danish.

Booklet on the sexual abuse of children and young people
We have produced four booklets for professionals on how to handle suspicions or knowledge of the sexual abuse of children and young people. The first three provide a broad introduction to what sexual abuse is and focus on how to behave when suspicions lead to a concrete case. The fourth booklet is about the production and dissemination of images and videos involving child abuse, as well as what is being done and can be done to combat the illegal images.

  • First booklet: When adults offend
    Here, you can find a broad introduction to what the sexual abuse of children is.
    Download the Danish booklet: When adults offend (pdf).
  • Second booklet: When suspicions emerge
    Here, you can find information on how to react if you, as a parent, relative, or professional, suspect that a child is being sexually abused.
    Download the Danish booklet: When suspicions emerge (pdf).
  • Third booklet: When suspicions lead to a case
    Here, you can read about how specific cases of sexual abuse take place and how you, as an adult, should act during a case. This applies to parents, relatives, and professionals alike.
    Download the Danish booklet: When suspicions lead to a case (pdf).
  • Fourth booklet: When abuse goes around the world
    There are three reasons why it is illegal to view, store, and transmit child sexual abuse material. First, the children are exposed to a sexual crime when the pictures or videos are taken. Second, the children are again exposed to abuse every time the images are shown, because they are displayed as sexual objects. Third, the dissemination of the material contributes to the demand for more images, thereby encouraging new assaults on children.
    Download the Danish brochure: When abuse goes around the world (pdf).