What's the first thing any woman feeling uncomfortable at a bar would do?
Escape to the loo. But where to from there?
An organisation in Licolnshire in the UK has come up with a genius plan to help women feeling unsafe or threatened to get away without any fuss -- all they have to do is ask for Angela.
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“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?," posters on the back of cubicle doors in bars and social places all over the Licolnshire area reads. “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.”
i saw this in a toilet and thought it was important and should be a thing everywhere not just lincolnshire !!!! pic.twitter.com/oO45I7gaJL — ? (@iizzzzzi) October 18, 2016
A photo of the poster by Lincolnshire Rape Crisis has gone viral on Twitter, after one young woman shared the snap on the social network. It's since been retweeted and liked thousands of times.
"I saw this in a toilet and thought it was important and should be a thing everywhere not just Lincolnshire!" she captioned the snap.
Substance Misuse and Sexual Violence & Abuse Strategy Coordinator for Lincolnshire County Council Hayley Child told The Independent: “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 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.
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“We have had a really positive response to the campaign, including thanks from victims of abuse for the work that's being done.”