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
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If you or anyone you know is struggling to deal with child sexual abuse, the following providers can offer support in your region:
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
Help Auckland 0800 623 1700
RAINN is the largest US support agency for adult survivors of child sexual abuse
Blue Knot Foundation – advocate for and provide support to people who have experiences of complex trauma, and those who support them, personally and professionally.