BASA’s mission is to engage and empower bar and restaurant professionals to create safer industry and patron spaces through bystander intervention training and awareness raising campaigns.
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!