Safe Bars, a project of Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) and Defend Yourself in Washington, D.C., offers staff working in alcohol-serving establishments training to recognize and respond to incidents of sexual harassment and assault. The Blue Bench is an approved practitioner of this program for the Denver community and is rolling out this program in partnership with Denver Police Department.
We know everyone – staff and patrons – have more fun when in a safe environment. Active bystander intervention is a promising practice in the prevention of sexual harassment and assault, contributing to safer communities. The Blue Bench Prevention Specialists offer hands-on, team oriented and tool-based training that staff in liquor-serving establishments can put into practice on their next shift!
Safe Bars is a 2 hour sexual assault prevention training designed to draw on the staff’s current knowledge and experience, while increasing their depth of knowledge about dynamics of sexual violence and perpetrator behavior. The participants have an opportunity to identify effective intervention strategies that draw on their strengths and ability to work as a team, then practice intervening in scenarios that are customized to their venue.
Safety and Empowerment Skills classes are 3-6 hours and offered to female-identified teens and adults 13 years and older. This curriculum offers a safe space for participants to learn and practice verbal and physical assertiveness and self-protection skills. The curriculum is based on a toolbox approach – adding tools to participant skills for dealing with situations ranging from sexual harassment to life-threatening situations. These classes can be held for a private group by request and/or are offered to the community (open classes) throughout the year at varying locations around metro Denver.
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