Ask for Angela

RUSU Ask for Angela campaign 2018-19
2018/2019 academic year

Ask for Angela is available at all Students’ Union and University bars.

Ever been on a date that isn’t working out, or felt like you’re not in a safe situation? Maybe your Tinder date wasn’t who they said they were on their profile, or perhaps there was a weird vibe and something just didn’t feel right?

Unfortunately, sometimes these things occur, but we want to be there to help you when you need it. That’s why we’re proud to be supporting Ask for Angela, a campaign that provides a vital lifeline for anyone who finds themselves in a difficult situation they can’t get out of. The campaign was originally created by Lincolnshire County Council back in 2016 as part of the #NoMore sexual violence and abuse in Lincolnshire awareness campaign.

No matter what situation you find yourself in, if you go any of the bars in our venue and ask for ‘Angela’, the bar staff will know you need some help getting out of your situation and will call you a taxi or help you out safely and discreetly.

Posters will be going up around the Students’ Union to promote awareness of the campaign, and we would urge you to share this message with your friends so that they know help is there should they ever need it. Just in case you don’t see the posters, we’ve also created a huge banner in our venue so Reading students always know their Union is here for them.

If you’re in a situation that you need to get out of, remember: Ask for Angela.

The initiative previously went by ‘Ask for Pamela’, however feedback suggested this was confusing for staff and students. Therefore, the decision was made to change the name to be in line with the national campaign. During the transition to Angela, we do expect some students to continue to use ‘Is Pamela working?’ which will still trigger the same responses, as the same support will be available.