As a way to combat sexual abuse and violence, the county council of Lincolnshire, England has created a safe way for victims to safely get out of a potentially serious situation. Posters created by the council were placed in women’s bathrooms at various bars in Lincolnshire and urge those who feel unsafe to ask the bar staff for “Angela” which alerts the staff that they need help.
The posters say the following:
“Are you on a date that isn’t working out? Is your Tinder of 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.”
In a piece about the posters in the Independent, Hayley Child, the 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…Sexual abuse and violence is a 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.”
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