Raise the Bar(RTB) is a new program designed and implemented by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) at the University of Michigan, The University Health Service (UHS), and The Ann Arbor Community Coalition (A2C3.) The mission of Raise the Bar is to decrease the incidences of sexual and gender-based violence among University students within the Ann Arbor community. The program works with local bars to provide tailored workshops on the subject of sexual assault and bystander intervention.
Each workshop consists of a two-hour interactive presentation that engages participating bar staff directly in discussion, knowledge-acquisition, and skill-building. The aim of the workshops is to increase bar staff’s knowledge of the various components of sexual assault, to increase bar staff’s ability to identify consensual versus perpetrating behavior, and to assist bar staff in building skills and confidence to intervene in problematic situations.
The Raise the Bar team has created an original primary prevention curriculum, developed relationships with local bar staff, and has begun recruiting for summer volunteers to help with the facilitation and evaluation of the workshops. The RTB team plans to begin the first workshop by May. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, and check out our facebook page at www.facebook.com/umich.raisethebar.