I (22M) was a pervert during puberty and I can’t get over it.

I don't have any advice aside from lots and lots of therapy, but I do want to let you know that you aren't alone in struggling with past actions. I won't go into too much detail here, as the whole situation has a lot to it, but I was encouraged to make an inappropriate request of a 17 year old many years ago. The age gap between us wasn't big so I didn't pay any mind to it (nothing ever happened bc it didn't sit right w/ me and i felt coerced) until I thought of it last year and realized that I asked that of a minor. I was so disgusted with myself and wanted so badly to message them to apologize profusely.

I never did end up contacting them and it sucks to remember, but I remind myself that I (1) realized what I had done and how wrong it was, and (2) I have grown and am no longer that person. It's not as bad as what you're experiencing, but the same principle applies. Remind yourself that you learned and grew and are no longer that type of person, and seek professional help.

/r/confession Thread