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This Safety Code Word For Women Could Save Your Life

A new initiative in the U.K. is giving people a code word to get out of uncomfortable, and possibly harmful, situations.

Have you ever met up with a Tinder match and realized they aren't who they said they were? Or have you been the target of unwanted, uncomfortable advances from a stranger at a bar? The real question: Haven't we all? A new sexual violence awareness campaign has created a code word that will get you out of the situation without making things worse, or more dangerous.

A local council in the U.K. created what's called the "Ask for Angela" initiative as part of their #NoMore campaign to make a change. The initiative is designed to help people escape uncomfortable and possibly dangerous dating situations, and many are calling for the plan to be carried out nationwide, an idea we absolutely love.

The idea is any customer who feels they are in an uncomfortable or scary situation should be able to go to the bar and ask for "Angela." The staff will immediately know that you need help removing yourself from whatever scenario you find yourself in and can call a taxi or get you out without making a fuss, which can attract more unwanted attention.

"We'd seen that a few individual pubs had done similar messages at the bar saying that if people's dates weren't going well the bar staff would help and call them a cab," Hayley Child, the substance misuse and sexual violence and abuse strategy coordinator for Lincolnshire County Council (the originators of the idea), told MORE. "We wanted to dothis in a more organized way and worked with the pubwatch schemes in Lincolnshire to get the bars to take part."

A Lincolnshire county local spotted one of the posters for the campaign in a public restroom, and ever since she posted a photo of it on Twitter, it has had more than 27,000 retweets of people sharing in their agreement with the initiative.

"Around the country and the world people have sent us messages saying what a great idea this is, and the response has been amazing!" Child told MORE. Honestly, we agree that it's an absolutely brilliant idea, and if it could even just save one person from a potentially harmful situation, then we 100 percent hope asking for Angela continues to reach to every corner of the world.

Hannah Marsh

Hannah is a Texas-born, Iowa-raised alumna of Iowa State University. When not writing trending content across several Meredith sites, she enjoys all things fitness-related, binge-watching "Whose Line is it Anyway" episodes and fully embracing her self-diagnosed peanut butter addiction.

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