DA Gascón Teams up with Nightlife Industry to Combat Drug-Induced Sexual Assault

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April 26, 2017
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SAN FRANCISCO – Today, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, District Attorney George Gascón was joined by Safe Bars, the San Francisco Entertainment Commission, community advocates, and our nightlife industry partners to kick-off a public education campaign aimed at raising awareness about drug-induced sexual assault.  The public education campaign will include a coordinated effort to put signs and napkins in entertainment establishments across the city that remind patrons to have fun, but to remain vigilant. 

“Our goal is to work with our nightlife industry partners who are committed to creating safe entertainment spaces for San Francisco patrons to enjoy,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Having their support is a privilege, and essential to ensuring safer entertainment options in our city.”

Of the many guest speakers today, Lauren Taylor, Co-founder and Instructor of Safe Bars, an organization that educates bar staff about standing up to sexual violence, shared innovative training strategies for bar staff to use to prevent sexual assault in their establishments. Similarly, Brenda Miller, a Senior Research Scientist with Prevention Research Center, highlighted research and best practices surrounding social drinking in clubs and bars.

In addition, Beverly Upton, the Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Consortium, emphasized the importance of creating safer entertainment options from the lens of survivors of sexual assault, and Gena Castro Rodriguez, Chief of Victim Services of the SFDA’s Office, highlighted the many resources, including a fully trained staff, available to victims of sexual assault through the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

The success of today’s event is owed to the support and willingness of our nightlife industry partners and community stakeholders. Their proactivity to prevent sexual assault in our city’s many entertainment establishments contributes to making our nightlife community safer.