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Violence at Home Signal for Help
Isolation can increase the risk of violence at home. Use this discrete gesture during a video call to show you need help:
- Hold hand up with palm facing other person.
- Tuck thumb into palm.
- Fold fingers down over thumb.
A missing teenage girl was rescued in the US after using a hand gesture that signals distress or domestic violence to capture the attention of a passing driver. The 16-year-old was spotted travelling inside a silver Toyota near London, Kentucky, about 150 miles south-east of Louisville, on November 4th. A driver called police after noticing "a female passenger in the vehicle making hand gestures that are known on the social media platform TikTok to represent violence at home - I need help - domestic violence," the Laurel County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on 6 November.
Trucking and Human TraffickingVictims of human trafficking find themselves forced or coerced into engaging in specific types of labor or commercial sex acts without their consent. Often, human trafficking remains a hidden crime. Victims fear their abusers as well as law enforcement and suffer such significant trauma that they struggle to reach out for help.
Human trafficking impacts people across genders, races, and ages. Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, and all too often, that victimization occurs in the shadows. Human trafficking traps an estimated 24.9 million people–64% are exploited for labor, while sexual exploitation accounts for an estimated 19% of human trafficking.
The Lanier Law Firm has prodcued an excellent resource to explain Human Trafficking and How to Report Human Trafficking if You Think You See It.
Self-Defense 101 for Women - How to Protect your HeadLori O'Neill of Alternative Defense Strategies shows Joe Cronauer of WKYC-TV 3 in Cleveland Ohio a basic self-defense move to protect the head if you are attacked.
Basics of using Pepper Spray for self-defense
Lori O'Neill of Alternative Defense Strategies shows Joe Cronauer of WKYC-TV 3 in Cleveland Ohio the basics of using pepper spray for self-defense. She recommends that you carry the pepper spray in your non-dominant hand and use your thumb not your index finger to spray it. Pepper spray disperses in a cloud, not a stream, so you don't have to have a good aim.
More Pepper Spray basics for self-defenseLori O'Neill of Alternative Defense Strategies shows Joe Cronauer of WKYC-TV 3 in Cleveland Ohio the basics of using pepper spray for self-defense. Joe asked if it won't just get the attacker more mad at you and more dangerous. And Lori is also asked how long a container will last and be effective.
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