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Raise the Bar

Outreach and Training

Raise the Bar is two fold, involving both outreach/education to local bars on drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) and also a bystander intervention training specifically for bar staff giving them the tools to recognize and intervene when they see warning signs of drug facilitated sexual assault.


  • Promote an environment of safety in local bars and establishments selling alcohol
  • Inform bar staff and patrons about DFSA, date rape drugs, and local statistics
  • Create dialogue around alcohol impairment and sexual assault
  • Create safe plans in the event someone is drugged or overly intoxicated and therefore more susceptible to sexual assault
  • Promote bystander intervention from bar staff

Initial Outreach

Raise the Bar volunteers outreached to bar establishments on Franklin Street for the first time in April & May 2013.  Volunteers including students, graduate paraprofessional staff, and community members who are involved in prevention efforts on campus and have received a specific 90 minute session on implementing this initiative.

Our outreach consists of disseminating general information about drug facilitated sexual assault and offering an invitation to our pilot bystander intervention training for bar staff which was held in May. We are also looking forward to hearing what bar staff in Chapel Hill are already doing to prevent and intervene in instances of drug facilitated sexual assault.

Bar Staff Training

The training is free for any bar staff (owners, managers, bartenders, hosts, etc.) from local establishments. Interested in bringing Raise the Bar training to your employees? Contact Kelli at to set up a 60 minute training.

Raise the Bar hosted a pilot bystander intervention training on Tuesday May 28th, 2013 in the basement of Graham Memorial Hall.  Raise the Bar was included as a part of the Chapel Hill Police Department along with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division's B.A.R.S. (Be A Responsible Server) training beginning February 27, 2014.

Learn More

Interested in learning more about Raise the Bar? Contact Kelli at

Raise the Bar is adapted from Our VOICE's "Bar Outreach Project" curricula. For more information or a copy of the curriculum, see their website.