USBG Seattle and Proper Groove have partnered with Strategic Living to provide trauma-informed, self-defense training. This training is for people (bartenders, servers, door staff) who work in alcohol-based establishments and is available to women and people at higher risk of victimization due to abilities, age, race, or marginalized identities so that you can…
- Respond to harassment confidently
- Identify low and high-risk situations quickly and intervene
- Break a board in half with your bare hands and take on attackers
- Build community in our industry
Classes will be at the Seattle Feminist Karate Union in Seattle and include an online component. Classes start February 19th at 11 am. Complete information is provided in the registration link.
The cost is $100 (for over 9 hours of instruction) and Absolut Vodka is sponsoring 50% of the fee for up to 8 participants so you only pay $50! USBG Seattle members receive an additional sponsorship as part of their membership benefit. Not a member but want to be? Ask us how! For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and to obtain the Absolut Vodka discount code.
Week 1 – Decisive targets, basic strikes, and community assessment
Week 2 – Putting it together into three combos and releases from grabs
Week 3 – Strength from the ground and NO! is a complete sentence
REGISTER NOW! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/self-defense-for-usbg-members-tickets-54781531034
The following links are articles we reference or review during the sessions.
- Handouts from Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Trauma
- King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
- Tips for Talking with Survivors of Sexual Assault
- 10 Things Not to Say to a Sexual Abuse Survivor
Legal and Definitions
The better way to support rape victims: put their needs first
- Students Push for Restorative Approaches to Campus Sexual Assault
Bartenders Against Sexual Assault provides bar bystander intervention training, consulting, and crisis support resources to alcohol-based environments. It is the only industry-driven program to date in the nation and industry-response is overwhelmingly supportive of our work. We connect nontraditional funders and resources to sexual and bias-based violence prevention work. Proper Groove, houses three initiatives, two programs, and two developing programs at this time. We founded in 2015 and incorporated in 2017.
EPIC Moves Training Series includes EPIC Barstanders™ for patrons and a multi-session course for bars and establishments that incorporates education, prevention, intervention, and consent-positive programming in accordance to the CDC’s STOP Sexual Assault Technical Package. Our five flagship cities are Detroit, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Seattle, and San Francisco. There are other programs that simply offer a short workshop, which only increases the individual’s knowledge-base; what makes us stand-out is a commitment to promoting social norms that protect against violence and teaching skills in accordance to the nine prevention principles. We are committed to leveraging our network to facilitate real progress.
Conservative estimates of sexual assault prevalence suggest that 25 percent of American women have experienced sexual assault, including rape. Approximately one-half of those cases involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, victim, or both. Alcohol contributes to sexual assault through multiple pathways, often exacerbating existing risk factors. Beliefs about alcohol’s effects on sexual and aggressive behavior, stereotypes about drinking women, and alcohol’s effects on cognitive and motor skills contribute to alcohol-involved sexual assault.
We believe that alcohol-based establishments have a promising role to play in keeping people safe and we mean to make it happen!
Thank you to all of our supporters and especially our partners at Bittercube Slow-crafted Bitters. You are appreciated!
The most expert research to date shows that education works to reduce the first time perpetration of violence. Every day is an opportunity to make sure that patrons and staff have a good time and get home safe. We can no longer ignore that fights and drunk driving are the only problems that plague our establishments.
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- Increases bar staff understanding of how common unwanted sexual aggression is and why it happens
- Helps bar staff recognize harassment and other inappropriate behavior
- Provides bar staff with the skills they need to respond to such behavior safely and appropriately, whether by stepping in or when asked for help
- Shares with bar patrons safety messages that encourage respect and lets customers know that bar staff are available for help
- Actively promotes bars that adopt safety standards
- Empowers staff to advocate appropriately when an incident occurs