The Student Government Association at Texas Tech is teaming up with bars to combat sexual assault for its “Safe Night Out” initiative.
“Because of the ties to alcohol and sexual assault, we wanted to go into these spaces and create safer environments in order to change the culture around sexual assault,” Student Body President Emeritus Hunter Heck said.
Two Docs Brewing Co. is the first bar to team up with SGA and the Risk Intervention and Safety Education office (RISE) for the program.
Students trained by RISE will provide free training for bar staff on how to identify and stop instances of sexual assault.
“I don’t see any downside to this. It’s just a great way to kind of learn some areas that maybe we weren’t aware of and just find more resources to make people feel more comfortable and safe. And at the end of the day that’s an easy choice to make as a bar owner,” managing partner, Eric Washington said.
“This is a free training. This is an important issue and every bar should desire for their space to be safer and and a space in which students know that their bar staff are looking out for them,” Heck said
SGA wants to hang posters inside the bars and provide wristbands with a QR code students can scan to locate Texas Tech resources.