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People Are Spreading Awareness About A Recently Created Hand Signal That Can Be Used To Indicate To Others You’re Under Threat

‘…The Women’s Funding Network…, in connection with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, launched the campaign “Signal for Help” in April of last year. It is a one-handed gesture that anyone who feels threatened can show another person, who could then report the situation to the authorities. These days, people are spreading more awareness about this hand gesture so that those experiencing abuse will know how to discreetly get help and so that others will be able to recognize it and take action.

The hand gesture is simple, but easily recognizable You face the palm towards the other person, tuck your thumb inwards, and then cover it with your other fingers. It’s even better than codewords, because it was designed to be discreet and you can let other people know that you’re in distress without making any sounds or noticeably moving.

The gesture can be shown during a video call, which has become our main means of communication during the pandemic, or when answering the door. It is simple enough to make, but also distinct enough that those who know it will recognize it instantly. That is why it is so important to make more people aware of this hand gesture, because the victims can only be helped when the person they are showing it to knows what they are trying to say.

— via Bored Panda

One thought on “People Are Spreading Awareness About A Recently Created Hand Signal That Can Be Used To Indicate To Others You’re Under Threat

  1. Interesting to see if it catches on.

    Long ago, only a very small, short-lived groundswell developed for the good idea about wearing a safety pin prominently, pointing to it as a signal of support, then simply standing with someone who is being harassed. For years, I have kept one on every piece of outer clothing I have, have used them only twice, both times much appreciated. No aggressive intervention is advised or even needed. You simply, quietly join | stand near a person who you feel is being abused. If asked, you calmly explain why.

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