The mission of Raise the Bar Indiana is to empower communities and alcohol serving establishments to create safer spaces for all. To achieve this we certify facilitators to train employees of alcohol serving establishments how to recognize the signs of potential sexual assault. We then equip the employees with tools, resources, and knowledge to intervene safely. Our overarching goal is to create a statewide network of Raise the Bar Indiana certified establishments who have made a commitment to make their bars safer for their patrons; and to work towards reducing sexual assault in their communities.
Alternatives Incorporated created Raise the Bar Indiana in 2015 modeled after similar programs throughout the country. We partnered with the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence to invite other domestic and sexual violence service agencies to join the initiative.
Since then we have trained facilitators across the state to provide the program for their local establishments. Together we work to promote Raise the Bar Indiana trained establishments and promote the importance of safer places in our communities.
Vision for the Future
Our goal is to become a statewide initiative known in every Hoosier city, town, and village. Establishments with the Raise the Bar Indiana window cling will be recognized as a safer option. Community members will know sexual assault and harassment are not tolerated in trained establishments.
Together we will begin to change our greater community and create safer spaces for all.