The Fight Against Sexual Harassment Starts Here
This poster has a simple but powerful message: “It’s not just a slap on the *ss, It’s a crime.”
Image from Elise Yost // Yost plans to work with Wilmington bar owners & managers to hang this sign in local establishments
If you’ve ever been a victim of inappropriate or unwanted touching while out at a bar, you’re not alone. Sadly, tales of someone being groped at a bar are a dime a dozen.
Even though engaging in any sort of sexual contact with someone, against their will, for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification, is a class A1 misdemeanor under North Carolina law, groping in bars and clubs often goes under-addressed & unpunished, especially when alcohol is involved.
Elise Yost, a political science major at UNCW, has a plan to help address this troubling trend in our local bars. Yost plans to work with Wilmington bar owners and managers to hang these posters in their establishments.
The idea came to her when a friend told Yost that every time she goes out at least one guy would slap or grab her butt without her consent. While sexual assault should never be taken lightly, people’s perception of what is acceptable behavior can change when alcohol is involved.
“I think not all, but some people see an (expletive) slap as socially acceptable in certain settings, like the nightclub scene. I think some people just see it as no big deal. So, I want to send a message that while it’s not as bad as some more severe forms of sexual assault, it’s still wrong,” Yost told Port City Daily.
Research shows that one in four women will experience sexual assault of some kind in their lifetime, and the #MeToo movement shows the growing frustration with how prevalent this issue occurs in our society.
“Getting groped shouldn’t be a part of going out,” says Yost on her online petition, which already has over 600 signatures. From her efforts, the posters have already been adopted by a few local Wilmington bars and restaurants.
You can sign the petition to ask bars in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach to display these posters here.