Enlisting Employees to Help Prevent Sexual Harassment

Operators train staff to raise awareness around sexual harassment and assault

safe-bars-promo_2Efforts to enlist bar and restaurant employees to help prevent sexual harassment and assault are gaining momentum around the country.

Training programs such as those administered by Washington, D.C.-based Safe Bars are teaching workers how to recognize and intervene in situations where a patron — or employee — may be in danger of being victimized.

“Alcohol is the No. 1 date rape drug, so we have the responsibility to combat this when we see it in our establishments, and to educate people in the bar and restaurant industry about seeing the signs and learning how to intervene,” said Stacey Wright, co-founder of Bartenders Against Sexual Assault (BASA), which supports Safe Bars training.

Research from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has found that about half of sexual assaults involve alcohol use, either by the victim or perpetrator, or both.

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Source: Restaurant Hospitality

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