SAPN to present at national hui of TOAH-NNEST

Fiona McNamara and Hayley Adams will present at  “Ki a Ora, Ki Ao Ra: Healing from Within, Affecting Our Wold Today,” the national hui of Te Ohaakii a Hine – National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together (TOAH-NNEST) on behalf of Sexual Abuse Prevention Network and Who Are You? The hui will take place 4-6 March 2015 in Whangarei. Conference registration information is available on the TOAH-NNEST website.

Wellington Safer Bars Initiative

Wellington is considered ‘nationally significant’ as an entertainment destination with almost 600 hospitality businesses and almost 6000 hospitality staff (Wellington City Council). The industry is centered on socializing and having a good time. However, there is harmful behavior happening in our bars too. Half of all rapes in Aotearoa  New Zealand are associated with alcohol (Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence) and bar staff are in an ideal position to step in to prevent sexual violence before it occurs.

Sexual Abuse Prevention Network has offered awareness and ethical bystander training to hospitality staff since 2009, and from 2013 has been working with the Who are You? Collaboration to implement this as a requirement of hospitality training in Aotearoa New Zealand, starting in Wellington. The Safer Bars Initiative project has explored how to engage bar owners and managers and encourage them to view themselves as a key part of the solution to ending sexual violence.

Who Are You? Steering Committee is comprised of Wellington HELP Foundation, the Wellington Sexual Health Service and Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. Sexual Abuse Prevention Network is a collaboration of Wellington Rape Crisis, Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation and WellStop. The Safer Bars Initiative has been supported by Wellington Police, Wellington City Council and Ministry of Justice.