Sexual Assault Awareness Month

2018 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

During April 2018, MOCSA’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) efforts targeted men and encouraged their commitment towards preventing sexual violence. The message was, “I will _______. Be a part of the solution to end sexual violence.” Promotional materials included posters and stickers distributed throughout the metro. We gained commitments from men across the community including Mayor Sly James, John Holt, as well as members of clergy, journalism, the Air Force, public service, education, and MOCSA program participants and volunteers. Each one included different messages to finish the phrase, “I will…”

RAYGUN, a Midwest-based screen-printing company, designed and screen printed with the message “I will. Believe, Support, Advocate.” We also partnered with them to host a release party during a busy spring First Friday event in the heart of Kansas City.

     

2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and proactive prevention, MOCSA rolled out a new intervention program with bars and restaurants. The program focuses on training bar and restaurant staff to recognize potentially harmful situations and give them the tools to intervene effectively to prevent sexual violence and support survivors. 

MOCSA’s SAFE (Sexual Assault Free Environment) Training is modeled after similar programs, such as Ask for Angela in Lincolnshire, England and the Safe Bar Alliance in Lawrence, KS. Communities around the world agree that prevention is possible and that partnering with bars and restaurants generates new energy and allies who are eager to prevent sexual violence.  

MOCSA knows that bartenders, servers and other staff members are skilled at creating an enjoyable experience for patrons and many also have experience intervening in tough situations. The SAFE program builds on what bar and restaurant staff already know and empower them to intervene effectively to prevent sexual violence and support survivors.

The SAFE Trained program is more than just a campaign for SAAM but an entirely new program at MOCSA. Keep an eye out for SAFE Trained bars and encourage your favorite bar or restaurant to participate.

To schedule a SAFE Training please email Haleigh Harrold, Coordinator of Prevention, or call 816-285-1378.

BARS TRAINED

Up-Down KC
Double Shift Brewing Company
Tapcade KC - Crossroads

Dempsey's Burger Pub
Ça Va 

Julep Cocktail Club
McCoy's Public House
Beer Kitchen
The Foundry
Char Bar
Bartender's Guild

"As an industry, we need to be proactive at addressing what we can do to prevent sexual assault. We can do better and we should do a better job of protecting our guests. This training gives us more tools to do that and we are very fortunate to be able to work with MOCSA to empower our staff to do a better job of protecting our guests."    

David Hayden, Up-Down KC Marketing Manager