We can eliminate child sexual abuse from the internet.

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Every new platform and new technology could enable an abuser. It can also be our best weapon against them. We are dedicated to ending child sex trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children. And we won’t stop until every child, can just be a kid.

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a bold goal

Our team is overjoyed and humbled to be selected for the 2019 Audacious Project from TED.

We were asked to finish the sentence, “What if…” We were told to be bold, push ourselves, really get to the heart of the change we wanted to see. So we asked ourselves to build a plan that would answer the question, “What if we could eliminate child sexual abuse from the internet?” And now, we’re doing exactly that.

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The work

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.

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the issue

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.

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About Us

We believe in tackling big challenges.
And we won't stop.

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the research

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.

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Partnerships

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.

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Let’s build a world where all kids can be safe, happy, and curious.