Painting a Brighter Future for Children: The #PolishedMan Movement

When Elliot Costello met a young girl named Thea during a trip to Cambodia, little did he know that this encounter would change his life forever. Thea, with her vibrant nail polish, innocently asked Elliot to paint one of his nails. What seemed like a simple request held a dark truth – Thea had experienced sexual assault. This heartbreaking revelation ignited a fire within Elliot, inspiring him to launch a crusade against the sexual abuse of minors.

Elliot made a promise to Thea that he would always keep his painted nail, as a symbol of remembrance for her and the suffering she had endured. This promise sparked the birth of the #PolishedMan movement, which now unites men all around the world. Men from all walks of life are painting one nail to stand in solidarity with the one in five children who will experience sexual assault.

By painting a single nail, men are challenging violent behavior and language, both locally and globally. The painted nail serves as a visual reminder of the prevalence of child abuse, sparking important discussions and inspiring innovative strategies to prevent it. The #PolishedMan movement aims to change attitudes towards children’s safety and reduce the number of victims of sexual abuse.

But why should men take the lead in this fight? Elliot believes that men are responsible for a staggering 96% of the violence against children worldwide. It is our responsibility, as men, to drive the necessary reforms and put an end to the abuse of these defenseless young souls. By joining the #PolishedMan movement, men can actively support educational programs and resources for child survivors of abuse.

We invite more men, including well-known figures, to step forward and support this cause. Together, we can create a world where no child has to endure the horrors of sexual abuse. Spread awareness by sharing this article with your family and friends on Facebook and encourage them to join the fight against child abuse.

Let’s paint a brighter future for our children.