A county council in England has come up with a clever and super discreet way of trying to prevent sexual violence and abuse. A photo posted on Twitter shows a poster in the women’s bathroom at a bar in Lincolnshire encouraging anyone who is feeling unsafe on a date to ask the bar staff for “Angela” and provides instructions on how to proceed. “Angela” is a code word alerting the staff that someone is in need of help.
The sign reads: “Are you on a date that isn’t working out? Is your Tinder or POF [Plenty of Fish] date not who they said they were on their profile? Do you feel like you’re not in a safe situation? Does it all feel a bit weird? If you go to the bar and ask for ‘Angela,’ the bar staff will know you need help getting out of your situation and will call you a taxi or help you out discreetly—without too much fuss.” The idea of being helped discreetly is the most compelling element of the campaign.
In a story originally posted to the Independent, Hayley Child, substance misuse and sexual violence and abuse strategy coordinator for Lincolnshire County Council, said “The ‘Ask for Angela’ posters are part of our wider #NoMore campaign which aims to promote a culture change in relation to sexual violence and abuse, promote services in Lincolnshire and empower victims to make a decision on whether to report incidents.” She adds: “Sexual abuse and violence is an national issue, and all councils have a responsibility to tackle abuse. This was Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership’s first awareness raising campaign on this issue.” The only problem we see is that the #NoMore hashtag is a bit lost among many #NoMore hashtags on social media. But overall, it’s a great effort toward fixing a major problem.