New NSW police initiative encourages women who feel in danger to ‘Ask For Angela’
New South Wales authorities are looking to erase situations that lead to sexual assault with a new campaign that encourages women at venues that feel in danger to ‘Ask For Angela’.
The move comes after the up-rise of blind meet-ups occurring through apps like Tinder and Bumble at pubs and clubs.
When patrons say the discrete phrase to a member of the bar staff they have the option to help them leave the bar, lead them to a safe space or call the police on their behalf.
“Given the increasing popularity of online dating apps, many people are meeting for dates at bars, clubs and pubs having never met, beyond the screens of their phone or computer,” Police Minister Troy Grant said.
“We don’t want people feeling intimidated when they’re socialising in the city. They’re out to enjoy themselves, not feel threatened, and this initiative supports their safety.”
The protocol was trialled following the result of research by Central Metropolitan Region NSW Police analysts into sexual assault, looking at incidents in the CBD, Newtown, Kings Cross and Darlinghurst.
‘Ask For Angela’ will be rolled out across metropolitan Sydney this week.