A campaign to keep people safe while dating is being launched across Peterborough & Cambridgeshire today to coincide with National Sexual Violence Awareness Week.
The simple code-word campaign, Ask for Angela, encourages people who are concerned about their safety to discreetly ask for help by going to the bar.
The message then alerts bar staff to the situation so they can phone for a taxi or offer a safe space to contact a family member or friend.
The poster also includes phone numbers for Cambridge Rape Crisis and Peterborough Rape Crisis for anyone who has experienced sexual violence or assault or needs to talk.
Posters will be on display in pubs across Cambridgeshire thanks to support from PubWatch, and CamBAC (Cambridge Business Against Crime).
Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite said:
“Anyone going on a date needs to be safe in the knowledge that if things are not going well, and they feel threatened in any way, there is help at hand. I would encourage everyone to spread the word about ‘Ask for Angela’ to family and friends who may be going out on dates.”
‘Ask for Angela’ was originally developed by Lincolnshire County Council and is currently being rolled out across the country.
The Campaign is supported by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership with local support from the Community Safety Partnerships.