This campaign alerts customers that if they feel uncomfortable at the bar, they can “Ask for Angela” and staff on duty will help resolve the issue without making a scene. Customers are informed of the policy through signs on the backs of doors in the women’s bathroom.
Goodfellows owner Steve Woodham said he is no rookie when it comes to owning bars and understanding nightlife culture. He previously ran Players, the nightclub where The Strowd is now located, and has owned Goodfellows for almost 12 years.
“I’ve literally been around that block,” Woodham said.
“Over the years, sexual assault awareness has become a lot more important to me. I think it just came with maturity.”
Woodham said owning bars has brought him a lot closer to the issues that need resolving.
“We’re kind of down in the trenches,” Woodham said. “We can have a truer idea of what’s going on — at least as far as the bars go.”
In addition to implementing the “Ask for Angela” program in Goodfellows, Woodham has collaborated with Raise the Bar, an outreach and education program through the University. Raise the Bar informs bars about drug-facilitated sexual assault and bystander intervention.
The outreach program offers free training to any bar staff.