What was first started by the Lincolnshire County Council (UK) in 2016 (BBC article) has now become a global phenomenon. The #askforAngela initiative is a global safety campaign to ensure both women and men have an easy way out of awkward dating situations. Both the CBC and Global News have reported on the program being implemented in various establishments in Canada.
 
Many DJ publications have been spreading the word as well, in case a DJ is asked the question by a guest where they might be working.
 
The following text has been making it's way through DJ Facebook groups and other publications as well. The original author is unknown, but the story (whether fictional or not) illustrates how the program works and is something all DJs should be aware of.
 
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TO ALL DJ'S, DOOR STAFF, BAR STAFF, MANAGERS etc. AND ALL MEMBERS OF PUBLIC IF YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT THIS....
 
A DJ was approached while working by a young girl and asked for the first time, "Is Angela working tonight?" - having read about the #AskforAngela initiative, he knew instantly what she was referencing, said yes, told her to jump in the DJ booth with him, (she was extremely nervous...) and in turn asked the nearest security guard the same question. Luckily, he too knew, and the young girl was escorted through the back of the venue and into a taxi immediately. Her "date" upon returning from the bathroom was asked to leave by management, without delay turned violent and security stepped-in.
 
Basically, #AskforAngela is a scheme in place (established in the UK, now a global program) which aims at reducing sexual violence and vulnerability by providing WOMEN and MEN with a subtle phrase to assist getting them out of potentially dangerous and helpless situations. First-dates, Tinder-dates or frankly getting home alone after a night out can unfortunately (history-proven) be a risk. We urge all DJ's, venues, those in hospitality/night-life to look into the concept and educate yourselves and your staff. It may seem extreme, but sometimes you may be someones only option.