Albany County bartenders learning to spot sexual harassment, violence

December 19, 2018 06:15 PM

Bartenders are going through some special training to help make bars in Albany County safer. They are being trained to spot any signs of sexual harassment and violence at restaurants and bars. 

Savoy Taproom in Albany is one of the first places to start the training, which is being funded by the New York State Department of Health.


Emma Sawyer is the bar manager at Savoy and says she has seen sexual aggression from both sides of the bar.

"Because I've worked in bars so long, I have a thick skin. So I can handle myself, but not everyone can and you shouldn't have to. You should always have someone there to support you," said Sawyer.

Statistics show 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will be victims of sexual violence. About half of sexual assaults involve alcohol and the majority of victims are between the ages of 18 and 24.

"These are college kids that are going out, enjoying our bars and having a good time," said Rachel Wilson of the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center.

Wilson is conducting the training, which consists of two sessions that focus on spotting the warning signs and ways to effectively intervene. So far, 12 bars and restaurants in Albany have signed up for the training and Wilson hopes to have them completed by February.


WNYT Staff

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