We were recently discussing women’s safety in major metropolitan cities at one of our UN Women meetings, when the conversation turned to angel shots. So just what is an angel shot? As some of you may already have read in the news, an angel shot is essentially a discreet cry for help, disguised as an order of alcohol for those who feel unsafe on a date. Women can find an angel shot menu in the women’s restroom at participating restaurants/bars like the one pictured below. There are a few variations to the angel shot depending on what kind of help you would want the bartender to assist you with. With the rise of internet dating and a growing number of dating sites, women are increasingly placed in potential dangerous dating situations where their dates are not who they say they are in their profiles, or they’re getting weird vibes where things feel off or simply not safe. At this point in time, I unfortunately do not know if there are any restaurants or bars in the Los Angeles area that offer this (which we absolutely should if we’re not already). If you by chance work in the food service industry and you know your restaurant does not offer this type of help, if you can please kindly suggest this to your team, us gals would greatly appreciate it! An angel shot can potentially be life saving. =)
This angel shot concept was inspired by “Ask For Angela”, which gained global attention last year from the UK. Offered at bars in Lincolnshire, women who feel they’re in an unsafe situation or on a date that has gone wrong, can signal help from the bartender simply by asking for Angela.
My hope is that there will be more bars and restaurants across the country that will be offering this type of help, as this will not only assist women to discreetly get out of sticky situations, but will also raise awareness about sexual violence.