Lately a new marking has emerged with domestic violence victims whereby the victim, if still actively being abused and in danger, discreetly draws a black dot in their palm. The Black Dot Campaign has given victims hope without uttering a word, and has received mixed opinions because even something as small as a black speck could place a victim at risk if the abuser knows what it means.
I was thinking heavily about this campaign today, weighing its risks, and about the devastation of human trafficking victims being tattooed as property.
One of my close friends has a deep personal investment in spreading word about this inhumane treatment. I truly applaud her.
Sexual abuse and mistreatment, as common as it seems to be portrayed anymore, is nonetheless difficult to talk about. Yet she’s out there, boldly spreading the word to anyone and everyone within cyber earshot. I wrote a book about it, she’s campaigning awareness. We make a good survivor team and I’m glad she’s in my corner.
If you see someone bearing the mark, do the right thing. Help.