In England, a new initiative hopes to make the bar scene safer for women by allowing them to request help from a bartender through the use of a special codeword. Posters for the ‘Ask for Angela’ program, which forms part of the Lincolnshire county council’s #NoMore campaign against sexual violence and abuse, have gone viral on social media with many suggesting that the program be rolled out nationwide.
For women who “feel like [they’re] not in a safe situation,” the poster reads, “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.”
Hayley Child, a sexual violence and abuse strategy coordinator for Lincolnshire County Council, said that the program was an extension of what some bars had already begun doing on their own.
“We wanted to do this in a more organized way, and worked with Lincoln’s Pubwatch scheme to get the bars in the area to take part,” said Child. “We’d seen that a few individual pubs had done similar messages saying that if people’s dates weren’t going well the bar staff would help and call them a cab.”
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