A simple Hand signal
A way for children to show they are being abused/not safe

HTSB HAND Signal for Under 16’s

#handsign4kids

On June 16 2023, Gloria released the hand signal for Under 16’s to use if they are being abused/not safe This has already been adopted and applied. One woman in the US observed a girl of about 11 using the signal and phoned the police, got some help and saved the girl who was being trafficked!

 

Gloria saw the signal as one way to equip children, should they be in a sexually abusive or a harmful situation. As she herself survived 16 years of child sex trafficking, she is passionate about this simple, yet powerful hand signal.

 

I wish I’d had a hand signal when I was a kid, it just may have saved me” she says.

 

NB  This signal originally stems from a women’s group in the US, advocating against domestic violence

Media Interviews

February 2, 2024

Let Kids be Kids

with Gloria Masters, chatting about her new book – Keeping Kids Safe, A Roadmap for Parents, Teachers & Others.
January 31, 2024

Lynn's Warriors

Child Sex Trafficking Survivor Gloria Masters Shares Her Story of Horror
October 12, 2023

Polly Podcast Network

with Polly Gillespie
Gloria’s harrowing journey through child sexual abuse and trafficking:

Blogs

My blogs are designed to offer some techniques to try, as you navigate your way through post traumatic stress.

You are never alone on this journey.

I stand with you.

Blog - audio versions

Held Captive Blog

Fri Feb 16th, 2024

Survivors,
We often consider that what keeps us imprisoned is not just what happened to us but how other people then treat us. What if I was to tell you that it is your own mind holding you captive, that the thoughts you have can keep you trapped and less than?
Have a good listen here, I think this blog will speak to you.
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Being Believed

Wed Jan 31st, 2024

Survivors,
One of the hallmarks of being a survivor can come with the experience of not being believed. This appears in many forms but usually begins with
Are you Sure?
He or She seemed so nice.
This leads to feelings of confusion, fear and sometimes anger.
All are valid. I wish survivors speaking out came with a clause that whoever they shared this with had to accept and believe unconditionally the truth they are hearing.
It is unfair, wrong and oh so typical of enablers and others, to have this attitude, but more importantly it is devastating to survivors.
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Having Someone

Mon Nov 27th, 2023

Survivors,
Having someone who stands by you and supports you is gold.
The feeling it evokes when that person has your back, is almost indescribable.
For some of us it happens easily, for others it can take years to find because of the trust.
Trust is huge for us - trusting anyone will be an issue. Exposing that silence is difficult, as it is so much more than just words; it breaks the cycle and awakens deeply buried fears.
Please just know that having someone means you are healing and on your way to more peace and love in your life, is powerful.Go to our website (see below) for more information on our foundation
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If you need help

If you or anyone you know is struggling to deal with child sexual abuse, the following providers can offer support in your region:

New Zealand

Handingtheshameback.org  Provides support through sharing information and survivor stories

ACC   Counselling and therapy. For free confidential sessions contact ACC Sensitive Claims Unit, 0800 101 996

Safe to Talk  Sexual Harm Helpline, 0800 044 334 or Text 4334, [email protected]

Help Auckland  0800 623 1700

The Harbour  Online support and information for people affected by sexual abuse.
Male Survivors Aotearoa  Helplines across NZ, click to find out more (males only).

USA

RAINN is the largest US support agency for adult survivors of child sexual abuse

United Kingdom

NAPAK – Supporting recovery from childhood abuse
Maggie Oliver Foundation – Helping survivors of abuse

Australia

Blue Knot Foundation – advocate for and provide support to people who have experiences of complex trauma, and those who support them, personally and professionally.