The dating world can be a scary place in our “swipe left” society. This initiative is making strides to preventing sexual abuse and violence when those Tinder dates get creepy.
A new sexual violence awareness campaign has gone viral after a poster from the campaign was shared by a twitter user in London.
The ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative is a recent breakthrough for the Lincolnshire County council’s #NoMore sexual violence and abuse campaign. The initiative encourages those who feel in danger or unsafe at a bar to use a code word.
The poster was seen in a bathroom stall and reads:
“Are you on a date that isn’t working out? Is your Tinder or POF 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?”
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
It continues, “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 permanent ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative is part of the council’s #NoMore campaign, which aims to promote a culture change in relation to sexual violence and abuse.
In conjunction with Lincoln’s Pubwatch scheme and local police, the “Ask for Angela” tool is designed to make pubs and bars safer.
Since the poster first went viral, people from all over the world have called for this campaign to be implemented everywhere.