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Bartenders Against Sexual Assault


Our Initiative

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!

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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.


  • 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
Safer Bars

Thanks to our supporters!

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