Sometimes dates don’t go exactly as planned. People aren’t who they say they are , or you just don’t feel comfortable around them. We feel obliged to stay and humor them, even when we start to feel like they might even be a threat to our safety . Date rape and dating violence is a real thing, and it’s not something we should every take lightly. Last year a new campaign was started with the hashtag #NoMore , which worked to expose the threat of women being attacked or raped on dates. With the rise of online dating and dating apps, people are mixing with more and more people, however quantity does not equal quality .
Last year on October 2nd the #nomore campaign was run by the Lincolnshire Rape Crisis centre. It was a poster which talked about using the code phrase ” Hi, I’m Angela” in which any victim who felt unsafe with her date could use to signify her concerns to the people around her.
The poster reads :
‘Hi I’m Angela,’ the poster says. ‘Are you on a date that isn’t working out? Do you feel like you’re not in a safe situation? Is your Tinder or Plenty Of Fish date not who they said they were on their profile? Does it all feel a bit weird?
‘If you go to the bar 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 discreetly – without too much fuss.’
It then includes a number for Lincolnshire Rape Crisis
The photo above was tweeted over 19000 times and has since been shared on massive media sites . The thing is we forget that finding love isn’t always peachy. That meeting complete strangers does hold a real threat and we need to take precautions. And to put it in perspective,according to Crime Watch Daily, 10% of sex offenders use online dating sites . Plus let’s not forget those recent murders and rape by a Tinder user. It’s not about scaring you away from dating , but rather understanding that we all just need to be sensible and help is there if we need it.