We’re supporting Sheffield’s new ‘Ask For Angela’ scheme, which aims to tackle sexual harassment in pubs, bars and clubs, and support safe dating.
‘Ask For Angela’ encourages people to discreetly ask for help from bar staff if they are feeling unsafe or uncomfortable. This might be whilst on a date or if they are getting unwanted attention. Sheffield SU’s Bar One, Interval, Coffee Revolution, and venues staff have recently received training so you can ‘Ask For Angela’ at any of these spaces in confidence. Asking For Angela will discreetly alert staff to the call for help, so our security team can intervene and take appropriate action.
Serena, your Women’s Officer said: "I'm incredibly pleased to see our SU venues taking part in 'Ask for Angela'. Our commitment to ensuring the safety of all students is ongoing and remains a top priority, and 'Ask for Angela' provides yet another assurance to students that they can enjoy our spaces without having to ever feel unsafe".
There are a host of other venues taking part across the city - just look for the ‘Ask For Angela’ posters.
Alison Higgins, Domestic Abuse Strategic Manager at Sheffield City Council, said: ‘This is about keeping people safe and offering a discreet way for them to ask for help if they’re on a night out and getting unwanted attention or are out on a date and something doesn’t feel right. This is particularly important with the rise of internet dating and dating apps.'
Ask For Angela launched in Lincolnshire last year, developed by Lincolnshire County Council, and gained global attention after a social media post about it went viral and was shared by more than 55,000 people.
Meera Kulkarni, Chief Executive of Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, said: ‘The Ask for Angela campaign will ensure that bar staff help support you and enable you to leave safely if that’s what you want. People might feel embarrassed about ‘making a fuss’ or be seen to be over- reacting but if you feel unsafe – it’s not ok. Whether you’re a woman or man, straight or gay – if you need help – Ask for Angela.’