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Who's the Expert?

The SAFE Bar Network is built on the idea that culture change is possible. We believe that when we engage bar and restaurant staff in conversations about sexual violence, active bystander skills, and supporting each other, we’ll help to shift workplace cultures. We’ve seen it work. We’re successful when we focus on our core values.

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We build trust. We show respect. We model accountability. We facilitate connection. We give support.

We show respect. We hear the word respect all the time but we don’t often take time to think about how we show the people around us that we respect them. Think for a second about the last time you felt respected. I would imagine that experience included some combination of being listened to, recognized for your abilities, and trusted that you are the expert in your own life.

We create a similar experience centered around respect in SAFE Bar Training. And we start with the belief that participants are the experts in their own lives. That they have the ability to recognize the problems they see and explore solutions that will work for them. We value everyone’s point-of-view and their contributions to the conversation.

Without respect achieving our goal of building the skills to have continuous conversations about sexual violence, active bystander skills, and creating an action-oriented culture would not be possible. It’s only when participants feel respected that they are encouraged to fully engage with us.

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To learn more about joining the SAFE Bar Network contact us at

If you have a favorite bar, restaurant or night club encourage them to join the SAFE Bar Network. They can learn more at

To learn more about active bystander skills check out our blog post, Obstacles. What obstacles? 3 Full Proof Everyday Active Bystander Skills.

There are everyday active bystanders practicing these skills every day. Watch their stories here, Everyday Active Bystanders.

Interested in learning more about bystander intervention? Visit our friends at With Us Center for Bystander Intervention.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault our partners can help. Visit and

To learn more about the field of sexual violence response and prevention visit and

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