How do you ask for help quietly?

Have you ever been on an awkward first date or met up with someone from online who wasn’t who they say they were?

The ‘Ask for Angela’ safe word campaign has hit bars and tav’s around Perth, with the most recent addition at popular mini golf course and bar Holey Moley.

The simple safe word initiative originated in England a couple of years ago as a fight against abuse and violence.

Video campaigns spread worldwide of reenactments on how to use the word without causing attention.

Acknowledging women’s safety in confronting environments is a priority, the Australian Bureau of Statistics Population Clock highlighted around two million Australians use the app Tinder, which brings more concern for the need to spread awareness about campaigns such as ‘Ask for Angela’.

Campaign poster ‘Angel Shot’ at Holey Moley, Perth.

Curtin Guild’s Activities Vice President Adam Parsons said they were brainstorming new ways to promote ‘Ask for Angela’ in a discreet way, so women didn’t feel intimidated.

UWA was the first university in Perth to introduce the safe word, ‘Ask for Angela’, while ECU have started capping alcohol beverages in a bid to prevent drink spiking.

Since then other safe words like ‘Angel Shot’ have taken rise to help women who feel threatened on dates.

People are encouraged to use the word which is a drink that can be ordered and bar staff will contact a taxi or police for help.

The words Angel (shot) and (ask for) Angela are a play on words referring to the meaning guardian angel, which provide reassurance to women there is always support.

Mr Parsons says online dating and meet ups at university can become dangerous after adding alcohol to the situation.

“[there are] many initiatives put in place to curve out assault and any situations that would discourage someones feeling of safety,” Mr Parsons said.

The West Australian Department of Health carried out research and found 19 percent of women experienced harassment.

Curtin Guild is working towards a safer environment around bars and tav’s, by stopping perpetrators from making women feel uncomfortable in these party settings.

“The idea had been brought up by the Curtin Guild but fell through when it came time for the Tav’s first event of the year,” said Tavern supervisor MitchelI Perrin.

“Usually at Tav events people who feel like they are in danger go to paramedics to ask for help.”

The Curtin University Guild is looking at rolling out their initiative this year.

Hear what some female students think of the plan:


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