Women are used to be instructed to establish code words with their friends and families, speaking or texting the word whenever they find themselves in an uncomfortable or potentially dangerous situation. However, one locale in England is taking this idea to the next level.
According to ATTN:, a sign created by the Lincolnshire County Council that promotes “saying no more to sexual violence and abuse” in the area was posted in the women’s restroom of a Lincolnshire bar. But this isn’t any ordinary poster: it informs women of a code word that all bar staff members in the area should be aware of that would indicate an unsafe situation.
“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 sign reads, according to ATTN:.
Listed above the instructions to ‘ask for Angela’ are potential scenarios that may require the use of the code, with a tweeted image of the poster showing things like “Are you on a date that isn’t working out?” or “Is your Tinder or POF [PlentyOfFish] date not who they said they were on their profile?” printed on the sign.
Keeping yourself safe is always paramount. So remember, when you feel you’re in an unsafe situation, be sure to ask for Angela.