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Albany County program enlists bars to help with sexual assault crackdown

Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Updated: October 23, 2019 06:06 PM
Created: October 23, 2019 05:04 PM

College age women are more susceptible to sexual assault than other females. That's according to RAINN - the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network. When alcohol is involved, assaults can happen more frequently. Now a program in Albany County is trying to enlist the aid of bars to change that.

One of the places you can see that program on full display is Savoy on Lark Street. You will see stickers in the window and the bathroom not only indicating women can alert staff if they are feeling threatened by someone whose had too much to drink, but it also shows their staff here has undergone training in the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center's "Safer Bars" program.

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There are also things you can carry in your purse that warn you if your drink has been spiked. One example is the SipChip. You put a couple of drops of your drink on it. If one line appears in a special window on the device, the drink may be spiked.

The University of Mexico last week issued female college students coasters that do something similar.

Women are cautioned not to get too confident in these devices alone - and to go out in groups, be conscious of their surroundings and know that bars like the Savoy are looking out for them too.

MORE INFORMATION: Albany County "Safer Bars" program | Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center | SipChip


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