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TikTok hand signal for needing help becoming more familiar | News – Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-12-01 00:06:00 –

Nashville, Tennessee (WSMV)-A 16-year-old woman missing from Asheville used hand signals learned from TiKTok to secure her safety.

“Push your thumb, wrap your four fingers around it, squeeze your thumb, wrap your fingers around it, and release them back and forth,” said Gilbert Asiald, PIO of Laurel County Sheriff.

The driver recognized the signal and called 911, giving police time to set up obstacles.

Police were able to arrest 61-year-old James Brick, a man suspected of taking the girl.

Kathy Walsh is the Managing Director of Tennessee Corration to end domestic and sexual violence. She said the signal can get a lot of people in bad situations.

“We saw a surge in calls to the hotline,” Walsh said.

She said a gesture called “a signal of domestic violence for help” was created at the beginning of the pandemic.

“This signal was originally issued by the Canadian Women’s Foundation as a way to let someone in the Zoom Conference know that they need help,” Walsh said.

“What we found in Covid-19 was that the victims were even more isolated from their family and friends, and access to the service was also influenced by Covid,” she added.

Signals have become a tool to reach far beyond someone’s living room.

“Sometimes the simplest thing is the simplest,” Walsh said.

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