A Polish teenager arrange a pretend cosmetics firm web site to assist folks report home violence. After listening to that home violence instances had been rising throughout the pandemic, Krystyna Paszko determined to create a Fb web page called “Rumianki i Bratki” (Chamomiles and Pansies) to permit victims caught of their houses to get assist.
“I heard a few French initiative, the place folks go to the pharmacy and ask for a particular masks that lets the pharmacist know they’re a sufferer of home violence,” Paszko mentioned in an interview with the BBC. “I assumed it was an excellent thought, so I got here up with the thought of promoting cosmetics.”
The outline of the Fb web page reads: “Chamomiles and Pansies is a retailer with pure cosmetics. We’ll provide help to with the acquisition of the suitable specifics, in addition to with all different issues.” There are a complete of 9 merchandise listed on the web page, and every has an outline detailing how the product will help.
Translated from Polish, one of many products posted on April 17, 2020, reads: “The thought for creating pure cosmetics truly got here from the center’s want — the stress related to quarantine is extraordinarily conducive to varied neglect, and it needs to be precisely the other — the time of isolation needs to be time for us — time you can lastly commit to caring for your self. The “Chamomiles and Pansies” pure cosmetics retailer is a really younger model, however we guarantee you that we’re totally dedicated to the thought of serving to your pores and skin — we’ll handle you from head to toe, and our cosmetics work not solely exterior, but additionally inside.” It goes on to learn, “Regardless of how previous you might be or what gender you might be — our retailer with pure cosmetics definitely has one thing for you — simply belief us.”
When somebody messages Chamomiles and Pansies inquiring a few face cream, they’re assisted by a psychologist posing as a salesman. Utilizing Fb Chat, the psychologist is ready to gather important info to ship assist if wanted, which incorporates sending authorities to go to the house if the home abuse sufferer chooses to put an order and go away an tackle.
When Paszko first launched the location, she thought it will solely attain her prolonged family and friends, however the BBC reported that greater than 350 folks have contacted the web site. For the reason that initiative took off, Paszko has enlisted the assistance of the Middle For Girls’s Rights, a Polish nonprofit. It presently has over 22,000 likes.
If you’re experiencing home violence in the USA and need assistance you may go to TheHotline.org to speak with somebody or name 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Picture Supply: Courtesy of Chamomile and Pansies