Women feeling uncomfortable and unsafe on a Tinder date need only “Ask for Angela” at the bar at any watering hole in the English county of Lincolnshire.
Thanks to a new campaign against sexual violence, wait staff at local pubs and bars will take that cue as a signal to discretely help the woman out of the situation.
Posters raising awareness about the idea say staff “will call you a taxi or help you out discretely – without too much fuss” if they approach and simply “ask for Angela”.
The idea, which is sponsored by Lincolnshire Rape Crisis Centre, has taken off on social media with one image of the poster taken inside a bathroom cubicle retweeted close to 27,000 times.
Meanwhile closer to home, Plan International Australia this week launched an initiative to help women and girls feel safe on the streets of Melbourne.
They’re inviting women to drop pins on an interactive map of the city and recount their experience in that area, with the information then being shared with Victoria Police, Public Transport Victoria and the city council.
“Unfortunately, Australian girls say they sometimes feel just as unsafe in some public areas after dark as girls from countries with far higher rates of violence,” Plan’s deputy CEO Susanne Legena said in a press release.
“This is concerning and we need to really listen to girls and start to make positive changes to our urban environment to ensure they always feel safe and welcomed.”