If You See A Man Close By With A Single Painted Nail…This Is What It Means

If You See A Man Close By With A Single Painted Nail…This Is What It Means

Generally speaking, you would think a man with one fingernail painted would be a sign of a hipster living in Brooklyn with an ironic beard and drinking a pumpkin spice latte. Instead, it actually has a much more important meaning…

If You See A Man Close By With A Single Painted Nail…This Is What It Means

The movement, started by Elliot Costello, is called A Polished Man, and seeks to get men to paint one fingernail to represent the 1 in 5 children who will suffer sexual abuse. Costello was inspired by meeting a girl named Thea in Cambodia while doing missionary work for a group called Hagar International.

“Despite their language barrier, Elliot and Thea connected over naughts and crosses,” the Polished Man website reads. “At the end of the night, Thea drew a love heart on Elliot’s palm, and colored his nails bright blue.

“The next day Elliot learnt about Thea’s life story. Thea’s mother chose to send her to an orphanage in hope that Thea would be granted a safe refuge following her father’s death,” the site explained. “She was given anything but; at just eight years old, Thea was raped on a daily basis for two years by the orphanage carer — the very man who was meant to protect her.”

He started the “Polished Man organization,” because he says it’s up to men to be the one’s to stick up for young girls. Find out more about it here.

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