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 and transportation services 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 and transportation staff directly in discussion, knowledge-acquisition, and skill-building. The aim of the workshops is to increase bar and transportation staff’s knowledge of the various components of sexual assault, to their ability to identify consensual versus perpetrating behavior, and to assist them in building skills and confidence to intervene in problematic situations.