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Enlisting bartenders to prevent sexual assault

Amanda Lamb, WRAL reporterMay 17, 2019

In 60 percent of cases of sexual assault reported to Interact’s Solace Center, drugs and alcohol are factors. And people who work in bars are in the unique position of being able to spot and potentially intervene when they see someone in danger.

Interact, a Wake County non-profit agency that supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence, is launching a new effort to create more awareness of how people who work in local nightspots can help.

While warnings about date rape drugs are common, experts say alcohol much more commonly used to impair a potential sexual assault victim, and the number one defense is the person working behind the bar.

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