August 11, 2016
Did you know that over 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men become victims of domestic violence at some point in their life? Domestic violence is an insidious threat in that it’s a silent one. While over 60% of Americans know of someone who has experienced sexual assault or domestic violence, only 43% have ever discussed the issue with their friends. This begs the question: How and when did we become voiceless to the societal ill that is domestic violence? And, if we’re not voiceless, why aren’t more of us speaking out and against DV? While much public discourse still needs to be undertaken to begin addressing the cause, not just symptoms, of DV, nonprofit organization Safe Horizon has made it their mission to provide assistance to as many victims of abuse as possible. The organization recently received media coverage for their #PutANailInIt campaign which asks advocates to do their part and speak up against DV by painting their left ring finger purple. If you’re interested in doing your part to end domestic violence, keep reading to learn more about the organization’s services and campaign.
So What’s #PutANailInIt and How Can I Get Involved?
In 2015, Safe Horizon launched the #PutTheNailinIt campaign to spark conversation around domestic violence. Given the air time it had received after multiple NFL scandals, the time for public discourse had arrived and social media was chosen as the vessel through which their message could be communicated. Thus, #PutTheNailinIt was born. Safe Horizon asks advocates against domestic violence to paint the nail of their left ring finger purple. This simple act inspires hope with its message that there is a solution to domestic violence and that solution starts with us. If you participate in the #PutTheNailitIn campaign, challenge friends to do the same!
Want to get help make DV a thing of the past? You can get involved in one of two ways:
- Donate to Safe Horizon, the largest victim’s services agency in the country, and help victims become survivors
- Paint your left ring fingernail purple to show your support and share on social media with the hashtag #PutTheNailinIt
Nail It! readers can also get involved by participating in our giveaway where one nail artist will have the chance to win a basket of goodies. Stay tuned for more details; the giveaway will begin in September.