Bartenders are Working to Stop Sexual Harassment
The Safe Bars Program empowers bartenders to shut down sexual harassment through training and education.
Image from Safe Bars // Training bar staff to stand up against sexual violence
You’ve just finished getting ready for a night out with your friends at your favorite place. Only to be badgered by a stranger with unwanted attention once you get there. You feel unseasy, unsafe maybe, in that situation but are unsure of what to do next or how to get away.
Does this scene sound familiar? No one ever expects that something could happen to them while they’re out with friends, or worse by being taken advantage of in an altered state. But everything can change in a single moment.
The Safe Bars Program is training bartenders to recognize the signs and stop sexual harassment and date rape in its tracks. The program aims to teach bartenders the skills to assist their patrons out of potentially dangerous situations.
Think kind of like the “Angel Shot“, but with more of a hands on approach.
They educate bartenders and staff about bystander intervention techniques to defuse unwanted interaction between individuals – and if you’ve ever been a woman at a bar or club, that’s pretty common.
Research shows that one in four women will experience sexual assault of some kind in their lifetime, and the Safe Bars Program is helping to chip away at that statistic.
With more bartenders on the lookout for would be predators, you can feel a little bit safer during that next Tinder date.
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