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The Heartbreaking Reason These Men Are Sharing Photos Of Their Painted Fingernails

The #PolishedMan campaign encourages men to take the lead and stand up against child abuse.

Posted on October 7, 2015, at 6:06 a.m. ET

Men are sharing photographs of their painted fingernails with the hashtag #PolishedMan as part of a campaign to raise awareness of child abuse.

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The campaign started after Elliot Costello, the CEO of Australian-based nonprofit Ygap, met a young girl called Thea while on a trip to a Hagar International charity project in Cambodia.

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Elliot and Thea played games together, bonded, and at the end of the day Thea painted his nails. The next day, Elliot discovered Thea's story: She had been raped on a daily basis while living in an orphanage.

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Now, Elliot is asking men around the world to paint a single fingernail to represent the one in five children, like Thea, who will suffer physical and sexual abuse before the age of 18.

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A representative for the campaign told BuzzFeed News that they hope to raise funds for children affected by abuse, as well as encouraging positive male role models.

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"By challenging men, we empower them as leaders and encourage them to become a part of the solution."

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"Our hope is to create a global movement that will lead change in the conversation about what it means to be a man."

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