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Salvation Army follows up #thedress tweet with another powerful image

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Jenni Maier is a blog editor living in New York City. More than anything else in the world, she wants a dog. She's jealous of North West's fashion sense and is still upset Tatiana Maslany wasn't nominated for an Emmy. Her goal this year ...

Salvation Army used #thedress to actually do some good

Just when you thought you couldn't handle another mention of the dress, The Salvation Army in South Africa repurposes it for a good cause.

Earlier this morning they tweeted out the following:

Got your attention? Good, that's the point. While I initially found it distasteful to use a meme to spread awareness about domestic violence, I'm now actually convinced it was a pretty smart idea. After all, you can't spread awareness if no one's listening. What better way to make people listen than to use this month's most viral story.

Now people aren't just listening, they're talking. The original tweet currently has over 6400 shares — and that's just the original tweet, not all the people who've shared it on their own on social media as well as the old-fashioned way, aloud.

Salvation Army followed up that tweet with this one:

Salvation Army

What should you take away from all this? That violence against women is not just real, but really underreported. One in six! While we all can't swoop in and save someone, we can all be more aware. It's as easy as paying attention to the people around us.

As someone who walked around New York City last year with a black eye (from a random assault) and barely got questioned about it, I know firsthand how easy it for people to walk by and not say a word. If you open your eyes, like really open your eyes, you'll see people who need help. And if you take the time to educate yourself about the issue, you'll actually be in a place where you can help.

More on violence

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