If You See A Man With One Painted Fingernail, THIS Is What It Means…

Men who paint one fingernail are helping to raise awareness about a very important issue.


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If you were a supporter of the semi colon tattoo trend (read more about that here), you’re bound to appreciate this new, unexpected form of activism. It was started by Elliot Costello, and it involves men painting one of their fingernails. Curious as to why? Read on… 

When Costello ventured to Cambodia, he met a young girl named Thea who lived in an underprivileged location. The two spent plenty of time together, bonding over games and painting each others’ nails. Eventually, Thea felt comfortable enough to disclose to Elliot that she was enduring constant sexual abuse.

Shocked, sickened, and likely a bit heartbroken, Elliot promised the young girl that he would keep one of his nails painted in remembrance of her and her struggle. In addition, he would do whatever he could to raise awareness about her – and many other children’s – plight.

Inspired, Elliot founded The Polished Man Project which aims to raise awareness about the number of children who face sexual abuse around the world.

Why this activism is powerful:

At first glance, one painted fingernail on a guy might be determined to be ‘weird’. But upon further inspection, one could learn about the reason behind the painted fingernail, and be referred to learn more about the project by visiting The Polish Man Project’s webpage.

On the website, people can donate to sexual abuse trauma and recovery prevention. For this reason, The Polished Man Project is very worthy of attention and admiration.

Already, the project has taken off in Australia, parts of Europe, and the United States. It has inspired countless men to raise awareness about sexual abuse against children, and has compelled some to ‘be the change’ by donating to recovery programs.

Elliot explains his vision and the project in the video below:

Finally, a few examples from the hashtag #PolishedMan on Twitter follow:

Remember, 1 in 5 children are – or have been – victims of sexual abuse. Please raise awareness about this dilemma by sharing this article and commenting your thoughts below!

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