A yellow diamond sign can be seen outside of every “Quiktrip” across America, and the reason why could save lives. It all started when Pamela Ashe Hester wrote this on Facebook, “This sign is posted at every QuikTrip. A 'Safe Place' sign signifies that, if you are in any danger (domestic violence, sexual assault, lost children, sex trafficking, any fear for your safety). QuikTrip has a secluded and hidden area you can sit in until help arrives. Simply go in and tell any employee you are in need of a safe place. They are trained not to tell anyone you are there until the authorities arrive.”
Over 50,000 people have shared the status, but it’s not just Quiktrip that is hopping on board. Many other organizations are placing this sign outside of their buildings in the United States. The non-profit hopes to spread its influence to every business and organization, so young people have a secure and violent-free zone to find sanctuary.
Here is what to look out for when you’re in a dangerous situation. If you see this sign nearby, enter the building and immediately confront an employee about your problem.
Please share this for those who don't know what these signs mean or how they can get out. You never know what someone is going through, and hopefully you will never need to find a safe place... but if so, now you know." – Pamela Ashe Hester.
Where can you find these signs? As of right now, the signs are primarily distributed at youth-connected locations such as fast food restaurants, convenience stores, fire stations, public buses and libraries. With the help of the community, these signs can spread to even more locations.
All organizations that are affiliated with the non-profit are trained individuals that are educated to help youths in danger.
If you find yourself in danger, you can locate a “safe place” in your local area on their website, or text their 24-hour service: TXT 4 HELP.
Here is how the “safe place” works, according to NationalSafePlace.org:
Step One – A young person enters a Safe Place and asks for help.
Step Two – The site employee finds a comfortable place for the youth to wait while they call the licensed Safe Place agency.
Step Three – Within 20-30 minutes or less, a qualified Safe Place volunteer or agency staff member will arrive to talk with the youth and, if necessary, provide transportation to the agency.
Step Four – Once at the agency, counselors meet with the youth and provide support. Agency staff makes sure the youth and their families receive the help and professional services they need.
Via: Little Things