Behind every single win at Thorn is a wide and diverse family of those who see what a brighter future looks like for child victims of sexual abuse. Here’s what we accomplished together in 2020.
a bold goal
Reports of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online have increased 15,000% over the last 15 years.
We are not deterred by the size of this epidemic. That’s why we’ve set our sights on a bold goal: we will eliminate child sexual abuse from the internet.
Our response to this epidemic must be redesigned for the digital age. It won’t be easy, but it is possible.
We turn technology into hope for the most vulnerable kids.
At Thorn, we form long-term partnerships to build tools to fight child sexual abuse. We want our partners at tech companies, in law enforcement, and at NGOs, to have what they need to help kids. So we identify the needs, gather resources, and create powerful solutions.
The problem of child sex trafficking and sexual abuse is vast. It’s not isolated to developing countries. It’s happening here. And now. Abusers are co-opting new and emerging technology to hurt children. Understanding how is key to stopping the abuse.
Research is how we became who we are. Understanding the complexities of this issue – from the democratizing effects of technology to the way abusers use social media, to the stories of victims themselves on the road to recovery – the research helps us see where to focus next.
Our partners are our lifeblood. They understand the need, and they are a crucial part of the solution. They volunteer; they drive change; they help us win.
Google.org accelerate the progress of innovative nonprofits by connecting them to the best of Google.
Amazon Web Services is a secure cloud services platform, offering compute power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow.
Since 1984, NCMEC has served as the national clearinghouse & comprehensive reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization.
Expedia Group is the world’s travel platform, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes some of the world’s most trusted online travel brands.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services.
Stop It Now! Works to prevent the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed.
Microsoft works to apply the power of technology to ensure corporate responsibility, safeguard human rights, and protect our planet.
Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.
Polaris puts victims at the center — helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and gathering the data to pursue traffickers wherever they operate.
Twitter’s mission is to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.
Twilio is a Cloud communications platform for building SMS, Voice & Messaging applications on an API built for global scale.
GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.