Taking a Stand Against Abuse

Have you ever had a moment that completely changed the course of your life? For Elliot Costello, that moment came during a trip to Cambodia. While there, he had a profound encounter with a young girl named Thea. Little did he know, this encounter would ignite a fire within him and lead him to launch a crusade against the sexual abuse of minors.

During their conversation, Thea, with her nails painted in vibrant colors every day, asked Elliot to paint one of his nails. It seemed like a simple and innocent request. However, what Elliot didn’t know at the time was that this request held a dark truth – Thea had experienced sexual assault. This moment of vulnerability and strength moved Elliot in a way he couldn’t ignore.

In that moment, Elliot made a promise to Thea. He promised that he would always keep his painted nail to remember her and to symbolize the suffering she had endured. This promise became the inspiration behind the #PolishedMan movement.

Men all over the world began painting one of their nails as a way to stand in solidarity with the one in five children who will experience sexual assault. This simple act challenges violent behavior and language, both locally and globally. The painted nail serves as a visual reminder of the prevalence of child abuse, sparking discussions and inspiring innovative strategies to prevent it.

But why should men take the lead in this fight? According to Elliot, men are responsible for a staggering 96% of the violence against children worldwide. It is their responsibility to drive the necessary reforms and put an end to the abuse of defenseless children. By joining the #PolishedMan movement, men can help support educational programs and resources for child survivors of abuse.

We need more men to step forward and support this cause. That includes famous figures who can use their platforms to raise awareness and inspire action. Together, we can create a world where no child has to endure the horrors of sexual abuse. It’s time to stand up and make a difference.

Please share this article with your family and friends on Facebook to raise awareness and encourage others to join the fight against child abuse. Let’s paint a brighter future for our children, one nail at a time.


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