It can actually help both men and women in need of help.
A flyer on the inside of a women’s bathroom stall is going viral for the greatest reason: it helps women who are on a bad date or who may not feel safe with their suitor. The flyer was seen in Lincolnshire, England in several different bars but its popularity might mean that other bars will adopt similar methods of asking for help.
Sexual violence and abuse are, unfortunately, possibilities for people that head out on dates or to a local bar just to hangout and meet people. While it may seem like a no-brainer to simply let your date or the person who has walked up and hit on you know that you are not interested, sometimes this isn’t the safest approach. People of both sexes can be prone to violence when faced with rejection, but men tend to manifest this anger into sexual violence more often than women, making it a scary prospect when women can sense that saying ‘no’ isn’t going to go well.
That’s why this campaign is such a great idea. It lets someone else know that you could be in a bit of trouble and may need some help in navigating the situation without having to actually say all of these things out loud in front of the person you’re avoiding. Of course, this isn’t only for people that feel unsafe but also for people looking to get out of an uncomfortable situation. Either way, the flyer states that customers need only ask a bar employee to “Ask for Angela.”
According to the flyer, the bar staff will either call you a taxi or help you out in some other discreet way if they can properly read the situation without making too much fuss. Lincolnshire County Council developed the campaign and have posted these flyers on the inside of both men and women’s bathrooms throughout the county.
Hayley Child, the substance misuse and sexual violence and abuse strategy coordinator for the county, 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.”
According to Child, the name ‘Angela’ was chosen because its close relation to ‘angel,’ as the bar staff would end up being a guardian angel to anyone that asks for their assistance in this manner.
Sexual abuse and violence are global issues and that’s likely why photos of this flyer were circulated so widely. People from all over the world have stated that they would love to see an option like this in their local hangout spots and it’s likely that this idea will spread like wildfire and be implemented elsewhere.
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