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Man unimpressed with 'outdated' Ask for Angela campaign

Man unimpressed with 'outdated' Ask for Angela campaign

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 2:28pm 21st December 2017.

If you're a woman on a date in Aylesbury and feel in danger, you can now go to the bar and ask for Angela.

This lets bar staff know you need help getting out of a situation.

But one man thinks the campaign isn't very 2017.

Daryl Gomm thinks it should be aimed at everyone:

"12,000 men in England and Wales are raped every year.

"Although that's a lot smaller than the number for women, there is still a problem and I feel the council are a little out-of-touch with their marketing and should be saying this for men and women."

Daryl told us he has been in situations where a date hasn't appeared as expected and he has felt he could not get out of a particular situation.

He said the posters appear in ladies' toilets, but, from what he has seen, not in the men's.

"Some men are more sensitive, some are not your standard, burly man who can stick up for himself, so I think AVDC need to realise that."

Aylesbury Vale District Council respond

Rachel Robinson, Community Safety Officer at AVDC said:

"The 'Ask For Angela' campaign, which originated in Lincolnshire, is designed to help individuals, in particular, women, to get out of uncomfortable situations in a discreet manner when on a night out. Statistically, more women encounter domestic and sexual violence than men, and so this initiative is primarily aimed at preventing this type of harm.

"Supporters of the campaign have ‘Ask For Angela’ posters in prominent positions - including on the back of bar/club toilet doors.

"The campaign has subsequently been taken up by many other safety partnerships across the UK, Aylesbury Vale being one. While principally being aimed at women, the initiative does not preclude the situation in which a man might present himself at a bar, and in such a case, staff have been advised to follow the same process as they do for women.

"The Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership continues to work towards making our communities safer and more resilient places, and this is just one of a number of initiatives identified."

Here are the pubs & bars taking part:

  • The White Hart, Exchange Street
  • Bar Fever, Kingsbury
  • The Feathers, Kingsbury Court
  • Shoot Pool & Snooker, Hale Leys
  • The Rockwood, 32 Kingsbury 
  • Mendoza, 30 High Street
  • The Harrow, 4 Cambridge Street
  • The Bell Hotel, 40 Market Square
  • The Kings Head, Kings Head Passage
  • The Queens Head, 1 Temple Street

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