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Calling Out Sexual Harassment

Over 200 bar staff in Newcastle are among the first to join an enhanced scheme to end sexual harassment.

First launched in 2017, Shout-Up! seeks to upskill all venue and bar staff to identify sexual harassment and to intervene safely. The enhanced scheme now requires all staff to complete bystander intervention training and for venues to have a publicly available sexual harassment policy and a procedure for dealing with incidents. Shout-Up! also requires certified venues to implement practices that protect staff and patrons from sexual harassment. Venues who have already signed up to the initiative include The Cluny, The Old Coal Yard, The Cumberland Arms, Spot White, Powerhouse, Rusty’s, The Blonde Barrell, Holy Hobo, and Red Bar (Northumbria University). The campaign returns after reports of drink spiking, and spiking by injection in Newcastle, and in wake of an investigation by UN Women who found 97% of women have experienced sexual harassment.

Find out more by visiting: www.shoutup.org

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