On 18 October this tweet was posted and has been shared almost 30.000 times. Because it provides such a practical solution. And because it’s easy to remember. And especially because it makes it painfully clear that sexual violence and abuse in the nightlife is very close. Such a tweet is the best promotion for a cause.
The poster in the tweet has been distributed in Lincolnshire in England. It explains the use of the code word ‘Angela’:
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
— IZ (@iizzzzzi) October 18, 2016
Hayley Child from the Lincolnshire County Council, 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.
We have had a really positive response to the campaign, including thanks from victims of abuse for the work that’s being done. The campaign has been supported by many professional partners in the county and we will be relaunching #NoMore in February to tie in with the National Sexual Violence and Abuse awareness week.
The text on the poster point to this website: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/nomore.