April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
One risk factor of sexual assault is the use of alcohol. As part of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Crisis Connection has collaborated with local bars on an innovative, proactive approach to ending sexual assault.
Throughout the month we will work with local bars by posting signs (pictured below) in restrooms that give patrons instructions on how to discreetly ask employees for help. The code drink order (an Angel shot) is actually a fictitious non-existent cocktail. It alerts bar or wait staff to a situation at a bar or restaurant where someone is actually feeling uncomfortable, where somebody is maybe a little bit too forceful, might be making innuendos, or whatever the situation is that’s making someone not feel safe.
It is the hope to expand the ‘Angel Shot’ restroom signage to more establishments and then to take the next step of providing, ‘Raise The Bar Indiana’ training. ‘Raise The Bar Indiana’ was developed by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Alternatives based on similar programs in North Carolina, Arizona, and Washington, DC It is a workshop for bar staff on sexual violence prevention and bystander intervention. Crisis Connection employees have been trained to provide an interactive training to staff on recognizing instances of sexual violence and safe ways to intervene to make everyone’s bar or restaurant experience potentially safer and more enjoyable.
We are also promoting the month with a Booster T shirt. Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. This is simply unacceptable. April is the national month for Sexual Assault Awareness. By wearing the t-shirt pictured below, you can take a stand and show your support.