What happens when bars and restaurants partner with their local violence prevention agency?
Healthy Nightlife projects are springing up throughout the country. We are proud to be working with local bars and restaurants in Binghamton who are committed to helping us RAISE THE BAR!
What does it mean to RAISE THE BAR?
Bartenders and servers are educated on how to properly serve alcohol, but they are rarely trained on how to interrupt or prevent aggression. Through the RAISE THE BAR program, we are educating front line staff on how to recognize sexual aggression and how to respond. In the two session training, bar staff will learn about sexual aggression, how it differs from flirting, and will increase their skill in observation and intervention.
Why bar and restaurant staff?
Bartenders and servers are in a unique position. They are already responsible experts at eye out for their patrons. Although consuming alcohol doesn't create perpetrators of sexual aggression, it is estimated that in about 50% of sexual violence incidents, either the target, the aggressor, or both were consuming alcohol. Bartenders and servers can recognize the early signs of aggression and interrupt it before it escalates.