Safe Bars uses innovative bystander education and self-defense strategies to empower DC-area bar staff to stand up against sexual harassment and assault. We also train people all over the country to start Safe Bars programs where they live.
Find a list of trained bars, restaurants, clubs, and concert venues here.
- Educates bar and restaurant staff about the causes and extent of unwanted sexual aggression;
- Helps bar and restaurant staff recognize inappropriate behavior along the continuum of sexual and relationship violence;
- Provides bar and restaurant staff with the skills needed to respond to such behavior safely and appropriately, whether by stepping in or when asked for help; and
- Shares with bar and restaurant patrons safety messages that encourage respect and lets them know that staff are available for help.
A bar that’s gone through the Safe Bars training will be a safer, more comfortable, more fun place for you and your friends to hang out, and a more respectful place to work.
Nearly 1 in 5 women will be raped in their lifetimes. Alcohol is involved in about half or all sexual assaults. The restaurant industry has the highest rate of sexual harassment of any industry in the country.Sexual aggressors may use these environments as places for selecting, isolating, and even incapacitating their targets.
Bar and restaurant owners, managers, security personnel, and other staff are in a unique position to observe and intervene to prevent sexual assault by creating a safe space for patrons. Bystander intervention programs increase both responsive and proactive bystander involvement.
If you work at or own a bar, restaurant, club, or other establishment in the DC area, and you’d like your workplace to become a Safe Bar, we’re happy to come and work with your staff.
If you’re a member of the community and want to help us spread the word about Safe Bars, tell us of a bar you think could use this training, or support Safe Bars in any other way, please let us know.
If you are part of an organization that would like to hold Happy Hours at a Safe Bar, take the Happy Hour Pledge.
If you live anywhere else in the US or the world and want us to help you set up a Safe Bars team where you are, we’re there!
You can find out more about any of these choices and much more on the Safe Bars site.