The Protect Children has received significant, international End Violence funding for the innovative ReDirection project

The ReDirection project aims to prevent online sexual crimes against children. The goal of the project is to produce new research and information as well as develop ReDirection self-help programme for people who search, view and distribute images and footage that depict sexual violence against children.

Preliminary results from the dark web ReDirection research have been published. They reveal significant and unprecedented data on individuals who view and use child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online. More than 7000 people have responded to our Help us to help you questionnaire on the dark web. The knowledge we have gained gives us valuable information in the fight against sexual violence against all children. Read our press release here.

‘The project primarily focuses on preventive measures and research where the problem is the worst – on the Tor network platforms. The ReDirection programme aims is to prevent the use of illegal child sexual abuse material and provides a new ways to reduce re-victimization.”

Nina Vaaranen-Valkonen
Executive Director, Senior Specialist at Protect Children

The ReDirection self-help programme is based on the UUSI SUUNTA Individual Program for Sex Offenders, already in use in Finland and Estonia. The programme will be available in Finnish, English and Spanish. ReDirection programme will also be implemented to a wider linguistic region, to Colombia in Latin America in collaboration with Red Papaz.

We will combine new research in the Tor network with the latest international research results and effective treatment programmes. The project will outline a societal significant perspective and change towards stronger prevention of sexual crimes against children, says Tero Toiviainen, Senior Specialist at the Police University College.

Online sexual crimes against children are international criminality. The ReDirection project has a significant societal impact in helping to solve the global social and public health problem and promote the rights of the child. 

Experts of ReDirection project

Further information:

Protect Children

Anna Ovaska
Legal Specialist

+358 40 081 0020