Raise the Bar: Bars Should Be Fun

I’m going to take this opportunity to finally talk about an initiative that I have become a part of that is setting out to create spaces in the bars of downtown Guelph where sexual harassment and assault will hopefully become a thing of the past.  We are setting out to Raise the Bar, because Bars Should Be Fun (hence the catchy name).

A number of things have conspired in the past few months to encourage me to move into the field of activism.  For any of you who read this blog, you will know about the rape chants on Guelph transit that were repeated (and added to) in Facebook.  There have been other incidents as well.  The more I have publicly spoken out about the issue, the more people have come forward to talk to me about what has happened to them and the people that they love.

We are still in the formative phases right now of the project, but already we have begun partnering with a number of local groups and organizations.  We have had unprecedented support from all sides.  We are talking with the local hospital, the Women in Crisis Centre, the University of Guelph, the Central Student’s Association, The Crown Attorney’s Office and many others to make this happen.

I’m not going to go too far into the project details at the moment, as those are going to be worked out in the next little bit.  The goal, however, is to reduce the incidence of sexual violence and harassment in the downtown of Guelph.  If you support this goal, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me – we can certainly use all the help we can get.

As a part of the campaign, we have created an initial Facebook page.  You might want to check it out.  Share your stories and let’s help make Guelph a place where everyone can have fun!



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