Summit Speaker Announcement: HALEIGH HARROLD

The 2021 North Carolina Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Academy

Summit Speaker Announcement: HALEIGH HARROLD

Haleigh Harrold is a prevention educator working across the country to expand sexual violence prevention efforts. She holds a Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism and a Masters of Public Affairs. Haleigh’s work focuses on engaging communities to prevent sexual harassment, assault, and abuse at all levels of the socio ecological model. She has nearly 10 years of experience working with communities to develop, implement, and evaluate successful prevention programming. Haleigh has a passion for mobilizing diverse communities and unlikely allies in the work to prevent sexual violence and has dedicated herself to this mission.

Presentation title: “SAFE Night Out: Partnering with bars, nightclubs, and restaurants to prevent sexual harassment and assault.”

Presentation description:

Nearly 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men are the victims of attempted or completed rape in their lifetimes. It is no secret that alcohol and drugs are often involved in sexual assault. In fact, we live in a culture where many consider it acceptable to use alcohol and drugs to guarantee access to sex. We know that sexual aggressors use bars and other alcohol-serving venues to select, isolate, and even incapacitate their targets.

Things are different at bars, restaurants, and nightclubs with staff trained to notice concerning behavior, interrupt effectively and support each other in creating a workplace culture focused on taking action to prevent sexual violence. At the SAFE Bar Network, we envision a “safe night out” for everyone and are working with the owners, managers, and staff of alcohol-serving establishments to create a community of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs across the country dedicated to preventing sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Through this work with bars, restaurants, and nightclubs we have seen a powerful urgency to change how they are combating sexual violence. Our goal is to help preventionists across the country capitalize on this moment to connect with and train alcohol-serving venues in their local communities. In this workshop, we will explore building robust and innovative community partnerships with businesses in your community. You will gain skills to engage new audiences in developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based strategies for prevention.



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