You have a right to feel — and be — safe when you go out. We can help.
Everyone’s heard about being harassed, groped, or followed at bars and clubs — maybe it’s happened to you. Staff at Safe Bars establishments have your back. They’ll check in if they think something problematic is happening. And if you ask them for help, they’ll respond.
- Teaches bar staff about how common unwanted sexual aggression is and why it happens,
- Helps bar staff recognize inappropriate sexual behavior,
- Gives bar staff the skills to respond to such behavior safely and appropriately, whether by stepping in or when you ask for help, and
- Shares safety messages that encourage respect and let you know that bar staff are available for help.
Nearly 1 in 5 women are raped in their lifetimes. About half of those who commit sexual assault are under the influence of alcohol at the time.
Unwanted sexual attention, including harassment and groping, is all too common in D.C. area bars and clubs. Sexual aggressors may use these environments to select, isolate, and even incapacitate their targets. Has anything like this happened to you?
“Throughout the night he’d intentionally bump into and rub against my partner, which was making her uncomfortable.”
“On his way out to leave he stopped in front of me and…kissed me on the lips and ran out the door. While I was standing there looking shocked and disgusted, the bouncer at the door just laughed and said ‘is that how you roll?’”
“A third time he comes over, holds my shoulders, and shakes me hard. I push his hands off of me and shout, ‘You need to take your hands off me right now!’ and he pushes me again. My friends laughed and told me I had overreacted, and nobody standing around in the crowded bar helped me out.”
“While out with a group of friends … I had a disgusting loser come up and grab my butt.”
Do you want to join us?
If you want to bring us to your favorite hangout, help us spread the word about Safe Bars, or support Safe Bars in any other way, contact email@example.com or 202-930-0456.