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What's the meaning of the black dot on a hand?

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The Black Dot Campaign started on Facebook earlier this month, and according to its profile page, has already reached 4.8 million people around the world.

According to the campaign's Facebook page, domestic violence victims are being encouraged to draw a simple black dot on the palm of their hands to alert others to their situation.

The effort enables victims who can not ask for help verbally to ask for help with a simple black dot. 

According to the Campaign's Facebook page, family, friends, community centers, doctors and hospitals will be able to recognize a person with a black dot on their palm needs help but cannot ask for it.

For one woman who witnessed a love one in an abusive relationship - she says she wishes this campaign was around years ago.

"It took until the extremes to get them out, if they could have known about this before it got to that point. Having the black dot campaign or even just easier access to help would have gotten them out of the situation much earlier,” said Samantha Sacco.

While many people, like Sacco have applauded the campaign, there are questions raised over the safety of it.

Brittany Talley, Southeast Missouri State University's Violence Prevention Program Coordinator, said she worries what would happen if the person committing the abuse realizes what the dot means.

"I think part of the struggle to say that they are being victimized is to say they are being victimized. Whether they say that out loud or with a black dot on their hands that's really a difficult thing and so supporting people to know that they can say that and that's OK is more important that teaching them to draw a black dot on their hands,” she said.

Talley said there are several different avenues on campus and nationally to find help if you're a victim.

Click here to learn more.

If you are in an abusive relationship and need to find help, click here.

RAINN Day is an annual day of action to raise awareness about sexual violence on college campuses.

Among its programs, RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE. 

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