As many of you may know, I am helping put together a group called “Raise the Bar.” We are having an executive committee call for volunteers soon. If you are interested, please contact me at andrew(at)raisethebarguelph(dot)ca.
For further information, please read on!
Raise the Bar began in the summer of 2012 as an attempt to raise awareness of bystander intervention techniques to help end sexual harassment and sexual violence in downtown Guelph clubs and bars.
Raise the Bar is working on a program to ask downtown bars and nightclubs to take an education session that will teach owners and staff how to recognize behavior that’s sexually coercive, how to intervene when they see it, how to support people who experience it and, hopefully, how they can deter incidents of sexual violence. In order to change cultural norms, there has to be incentive for change, and as such, we propose to “reward” bars and clubs that complete training sessions and with a symbol to put in their windows (the Raise the Bar logo) that will identify their business as one in a network that has made a commitment to creating violence-free, sex-positive space.
We’ve been partnering with/supported by some amazing community and campus groups such as the Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis Centre, the Guelph-Wellington Care and Treatment Centre for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, the Crown Attorney’s Office, the Canadian Federation of University Women, OPIRG, and University of Guelph support groups such as the Health and Wellness Centre and our first takers on the education sessions – the Albion.
We need your help.
Many of our original executive are graduating and/or leaving town this year. This is why we are reaching out to the community to ask for volunteers to serve on the executive committee. We are looking for people who are passionately committed to ending sexual harassment and violence in Guelph. Our projected launch date is the fall of 2013. If you are interested, please join us for our introductory meeting on May 6, 2013 in an accessible space on the University of Guelph campus.
May 6, 2013
University of Guelph
(Wheelchair Accessible Space)