"The COVID-19 pandemic has had many effects on home life beyond the obvious
switch to working from home. One of them is reports of rising domestic violence
across the world. As people have been told to stay at home and isolate
themselves from one another, it becomes a perfect storm for abusive behavior
and intimate partner violence. A Polish high school student named Krystyna
Paszko is doing something about this problem. To help those in danger, she
launched a fake online shop as a way to discreetly communicate with those who
are trapped with their abuser in their homes.
The ingenious Facebook page acts as a lifeline for those in abusive situations.
It’s called Camomiles and Pansies, and at first glance, it sells cosmetics. But
beyond the pretty pictures of products is coded language that helps victims
escape their dire situations. When someone writes in the chat inquiring about
skin cream, a psychologist will respond as a salesperson asking how long
they’ve had “skin problems.” Orders placed with an address indicate that they
want authorities to visit their home."
Via Stuart Richman and Richard Healy.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics