Safe Bar Orientation helps restaurants, bars curb sexual assault

Posted: 2:48 PM, Nov 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-11 09:58:02-05
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Alcohol can play a fun role when used responsibly but it also can also lead to more serious consequences.

"At least half of all assaults deal with alcohol consumption which makes bars an important place to address this," said Emily Kessinger, program specialist at the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence.

The mission of Safe Bar is to work with local bars and restaurants in raising awareness about alcohol's role in sexual assault, engaging bar owners and staff in bystander intervention, and ultimately doing our part to prevent sexual violence in Middle Tennessee. The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence has teamed up with the sexual assault center for this “safe bar” orientation.

"The best thing to do is understand red flags so whether its stumbling or slurred word or violating personal space," said Kessinger.

The program also offers bystander intervention techniques for restaurant staff.

"Some people are direct and step in but some may have to delegate and ask for assistance so reach out to bar staff or security," said Kessinger.

Remember, there can be strength in numbers. Kessinger says By staying informed about the issue, everyone can be part of the solution to make our city safer.

The orientation is 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19 at The Sexual Assault Center, located at 101 French Landing Dr., Nashville, TN, 37228. Click here to register: