Capital Region Safer Bars is a team of local bars and restaurants who are dedicated to creating safe and thriving nightlife communities.

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Capital Region Safer Bars is a coalition of local bars and restaurants who are dedicated to creating safe and thriv‚Äčing nightlife communities.

Why are Bars Important in Preventing Sexual Assault?

  • 50% of sexual assaults involve alcohol use.
  • 90% of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol use.
  • 43% of sexual assaults involve alcohol use by the victim.
  • 69% of sexual assault involve alcohol use by the perpetrator.
  •  By learning how to recognize and intervene in sexually aggressive situations, bartenders and other bar staff have the opportunity to make a large impact in ending sexual assault.
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Why Bystander Intervention?

  • People are more likely to intervene in problematic situations when they have the skills to do so.
  • The goal of bystander intervention is always safety and de-escalation.
  • Research shows that the use of bystander intervention tactics can prevent problematic situations from becoming violent.
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How Does Capital Region Safer Bars Help Bars Prevent Violence?

  • Our free, evidence-based, bystander intervention training teaches bartenders and other bar staff how to be active bystanders by giving them the tools to safely and effectively intervene in aggressive situations.
  •  Bar staff who take our training are better able to detect early warning sings that a situation may become unsafe and are better able to intervene and prevent violence. 
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The Capital Region Safer Bars Program is a community effort of local bars and restaurants who are dedicated to promoting safety in our community.
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 Safer Bars is a regional collaboration in Albany, Schenectady, and Oneida counties that is funded by a New York State Department of Health, Rape Prevention Education Grant.

Why Are Bars Important in Preventing Sexual Assault?
  • 50% of sexual assaults involve alcohol use.
  • 90% of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol use.
  • 43% of sexual assaults involve alcohol use by the victim.
  • 69% of sexual assault involve alcohol use by the perpetrator.
  • By learning how to recognize and intervene in sexually aggressive situations, bartenders and other bar staff have the opportunity to make a large impact in ending sexual assault.
Why Bystander Intervention?
  • People are more likely to intervene in problematic situations when they have the skills to do so.
  • The goal of bystander intervention is always safety and de-escalation.
  • Research shows that the use of bystander intervention tactics can prevent problematic situations from becoming violent.
How Does Capital Region Safer Bars Help Bars Prevention Violence?
  • Our free, evidence-based, bystander intervention training teaches bartenders and other bar staff how to be active bystanders by giving them the tools to safely and effectively intervene in aggressive situations.
  • Bar staff who take our training are better able to detect early warning sings that a situation may become unsafe and are better able to intervene and prevent violence.