Teenager rescued after showing domestic violence hand signal to passing motorist, police say

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  3 weeks ago  •  5 comments

By:   The Guardian (MSN)

Teenager rescued after showing domestic violence hand signal to passing motorist, police say
A missing teenage girl was rescued in the US after using a hand gesture that signals distress or domestic violence to capture the attention of a passing driver. The 16-year-old was spotted travelling inside a silver Toyota near London, Kentucky, about 150 miles south-east of Louisville, on 4 November. A driver called police after noticing "a female passenger in the vehicle making hand gestures that are known on the social media platform TikTok...

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A missing teenage girl was rescued in the US after using a hand gesture that signals distress or domestic violence to capture the attention of a passing driver.










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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SIGNAL Isolation can increase the risk of violence at home. Use this discrete gesture during a video call to show you need help: 1. Hold hand up with palm facing other person. 2. Tuck thumb into palm. 3. Fold fingers down over thumb.

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The 16-year-old was spotted travelling inside a silver Toyota near London, Kentucky, about 150 miles south-east of Louisville, on 4 November.

A driver called police after noticing "a female passenger in the vehicle making hand gestures that are known on the social media platform TikTok to represent violence at home - I need help - domestic violence," the Laurel County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on 6 November.

The caller noted that the girl "appeared to be in distress" and was being driven by an older male.

Laurel sheriff's investigators positioned themselves to watch for the passing Toyota and intercepted the vehicle as it exited the highway. Deputies conducted a traffic stop and a subsequent investigation revealed the teenager had been reported missing by her parents days earlier.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SIGNAL

Isolation can increase the risk of violence at home. Use this discrete gesture during a video call to show you need help:

1. Hold hand up with palm facing other person.

2. Tuck thumb into palm.

3. Fold fingers down over thumb. pic.twitter.com/gsIgSbXOmc
— Halton Police (@HaltonPolice) August 24, 2021

e151e5.gif © Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images A driver called police after spotting a girl making a hand gesture that signals distress.

Police say the teenager told investigators that she traveled with the man through North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. Authorities allege she had been attempting to get motorists attention to call 911.

Following the police stop, James Herbert Brick, 61, was arrested at the scene and charged with unlawful imprisonment, the sherrif's office said. He remains in custody.

The gesture reportedly used by the teenager to signal violence or distress is believed to have been first introduced by the Canadian Women's Foundation last year. It has been adopted by women around the world who need to discreetly ask for help, or show they are in distress.

The gesture is a hand up, palm out, with the thumb tucked, then folding the fingers down.

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JohnRussell
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1  seeder  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

Good work all the way around. 

 
 
 
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Buzz of the Orient
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2  Buzz of the Orient    3 weeks ago

Smart girl. 

"The gesture reportedly used by the teenager to signal violence or distress is believed to have been first introduced by the Canadian Women's Foundation last year."

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2.1  al Jizzerror  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    3 weeks ago

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al Jizzerror
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3  al Jizzerror    3 weeks ago

Thank you for posting a story with a happy ending, John.

And, to the NT perverts who read this comment:  "NOT THAT KIND OF HAPPY ENDING!"

 
 
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