Monday, November 28

The simple gesture that is made with one hand and serves to ask for help in the face of sexist violence


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A gesture as simple as opening the palm of the hand and hiding the thumb under the fingers can enclose a message of help.

The same thing was done on Friday by a middle-aged woman who went to a medical center in Barcelona with a man. One of the nurses identified him and notified the emergency service.

The police did not take long to arrive and took a statement from the woman who had gestured. She said she suffered continuous threats from her companion and that the abuse, sometimes physical, had been going on for a long time. Given this, the agents proceeded to arrest the alleged aggressor.

It is the first time that this non-verbal signal for help leads to an arrest in Spain, but it is not the only country in which it is recognized.


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