When Elliot Costello and a group of others visited Cambodia, he met a young girl named Thea.
Little did Elliot know that this encounter would have such a profound impact on him that it would help launch a movement to end child sexual abuse.
Namely, Thea always had nail polish on her little fingernails. One day, while chatting with Elliot, she asked him to paint one of her nails. He agreed and was happy to talk to the talkative girl, but then he learned she had been sexually abused.
“As she painted one of my nails, I assured her that I would always keep it like this in memory of her and, by extension, her suffering,” Elliot said.
This motivated Elliot to try to bring about positive change among men so that fewer and fewer children become victims of sexual abuse.
That’s when he created the movement called #PolishedMan, where men put nail polish on one of their fingernails. This nail represents one in five children who will be victims of sexual violence.
Polished Man works to end sexual violence against children. According to the organization, “being a polite man means challenging violent behavior and language, both locally and globally.”
Elliot believes that since men are responsible for 96% of this type of violence against children worldwide, they should be a catalyst for change if we are ever to end the abuse of innocent children.
The goal of the painted nail is not only to remind people of the number of children who are abused every day, but also to serve as a conversation starter about this reality, leading to new ideas for prevention . He also hopes people will start donating to “support educational programs and resources for child survivors of abuse,” according to APlus.
We hope that more men, including celebrities, will be willing to join this movement.
Love and peace