The following post was written by Susan Alves, My Life My Choice Senior Survivor Mentor and Amy Corbett, LMHC, My Life My Choice Director of Prevention. Since 2002, My Life My Choice has worked to end child sexual exploitation through survivor-led programs that empower youth and their allies to fight back. During Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we’re amplifying the voices of survivors and those working on the front lines of trafficking. Read More
I have always found it inspiring to meet survivors. Their experiences, their challenges, their strength and their will to overcome inspire me to be a better person and to fight for justice in this world. That’s why here at Thorn we so strongly value the voices of survivors. Hearing from survivors provides a much needed breath of inspiration to keep us going as we work behind the scenes. Read More
During Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we’re giving a voice to survivors and those working on the front lines of trafficking. While we’re proud of the results of our tools to identify victims faster, we know that the issue doesn’t end there. The following post was written by Rebecca Bender, co-founder and CEO of the Rebecca Bender Initiative. She is an award-winning, internationally recognized speaker, author and Survivor Leader in the movement to eradicate modern day slavery. Read More
The past week and a half have been beyond inspiring for myself and the staff here at Thorn. The outpouring of support and interest in our work in response to Ashton’s testimony has been overwhelming, humbling and provided a much needed boost in doing what is sometimes really difficult and heartbreaking work. Read More
Last month, the documentary Audrie & Daisy arrived on Netflix. It tells the story of the sexual assault of two teenage girls, Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman. While each girl has a unique story, they share a common experience in the stigma, shame, and harassment they receive in response to their assault and the role technology plays in each of their stories. Read More
Sextortion is a growing problem, with multiple online platforms being used to facilitate the crime.
What is sextortion?
Sextortion is a form of sexual exploitation where one individual threatens to reveal sexually explicit images of another person unless that person meets specific demands. The perpetrator may have obtained the images in multiple ways. They may have hacked a device, or recorded an image without consent. In some cases, the image may have been shared consensually. Regardless of how the image was obtained, if the sharing of that image is not consensual, the perpetrator is engaging in an act of abuse by using intimate images to exploit the victim. Read More
Recently, law enforcement officials rescued 168 child victims of commercial sex trafficking in a nationwide child sex trafficking bust. But what happens to these children after they’ve been rescued? Read More
On an ongoing basis, we ask our supporters to help call attention to youth at risk for child sex trafficking. In an effort to call even more attention to the issue, we’re providing more detailed information about youth at risk for child sex trafficking, and would like to ask you to spread these warning signs for child sex trafficking around your network. Read More
As we, at Thorn, fight to put an end to child sex trafficking and child pornography, we are acutely aware that child abuse is a critical aspect of both of these crimes. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we want to take time to call attention to the lasting affects of abuse on children and how we can help bring an end to it. Read More