Ask for Angela

The social media spotlight has fallen upon the topic of ‘social safety’ in recent months – with the ‘#MeToo’ Twitter campaign being the forefront of the movement. In light of these recent events, it has also been made clear that a lot of people feel unsafe when out at bars, dinner, etc.

It’s always awful when you’re on a date that’s not going well. It may not just be that they’re not quite right for you. They may be making you feel really uncomfortable. Maybe you’re out clubbing with your mates – doesn’t it suck when someone you don’t know just won’t leave you alone? You might even be worried that things could take a sinister turn – and you don’t know how to get out of it. Ask for Angela is a safety campaign where people who are feeling unsafe or vulnerable can discreetly ask for help using the code-word “Angela”.

A number of bars in Wolverhampton City centre now offer the scheme, which aims to reduce sexual violence and vulnerability by providing men and women with a subtle phrase they can use to get out of uncomfortable or potentially dangerous circumstances. Members of staff will get them out of the situation and then contact their family or friends, call a taxi or ask the individual making the person feel unsafe to leave the venue.

It may be that you’re in the company of someone who is not what they seemed and you want to get away safely and with minimum fuss. The initiative will facilitate this and hopefully prevent situations from escalating into something more serious.

The ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign was originally launched by Lincolnshire County Council and was successfully trialled in Lincoln. Find out more about how the initiative was launched in Wolverhampton here.

Anyone can ‘Ask for Angela’ and it can be used in many unsafe situations, such as:

• On a date that doesn’t feel safe

• Someone you’ve meet on your night out is making you feel uncomfortable

• Someone’s behaviour becomes aggressive and/ or sexually coercive

• Unwanted attention

This is a revolutionary campaign, however, if you’re in immediate danger, or see someone who is, call 999 – and for non-emergencies, call 101.


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