This Poster in a Women’s Restroom At A Bar Cleverly Combats Sexual Assault

We’ve all been there. The guy on looked so heavenly and seemed like Prince Charming. But then you meet him and he’s five inches shorter than he said, has a paunch, and there’s spinach in his teeth. And that’s before you even exchange a word.

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A sexual abuse counseling agency in Lincolnshire, England has now come up with a clever way to help women who are on the date from hell, or worse, who truly feel endangered. Now viral on Twitter, the brilliant strategy for eluding unwanted suitors is simply a poster in the ladies room of the bar advising anyone who feels unsafe or wants out to “ask for Angela” at the bar, and staff will know to call you a cab and get you out of Dodge, with no one being the wiser.

Let’s face it: some women are just fine throwing water in a guy’s face for lying to her, but most are not. So the idea is to give you “invisible support” when you can’t quite muster up any for yourself.

Call it “deer in headlights” if you will: that feeling you get as your date talks about his five exes’ favorite sexual positions as you push your baked potato around on your plate, squirming all the while, and wishing you were home watching “The Bachelor.” And yet, you keep on smiling, because you’re essentially paralyzed.

The brainchild behind this concept is Lincolnshire substance abuse and sexual violence counselor Hayley Child.

“Sexual abuse . . . is a national issue, and [everyone has] a responsibility to tackle abuse,” says Child. “This was Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership’s first awareness raising campaign on this issue.”

Hopefully, the idea will spread across the UK . . . and across the pond as well.


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