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Missoula Bar Staff Learns to Prevent Sexual Violence

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Bartenders and other staff members at a Missoula bar volunteer for a new training program to help prevent sexual violence.

The training is called Sexual Assault Free Establishment, or S.A.F.E, and it's put on by the YWCA of Missoula.

It helps engage bartenders, servers and security staff to be "positive bystanders."

Staff at the Rhino will be the first team to learn how to safely step in when they see predatory behavior.

They'll be on the lookout for predators trying to separate vulnerable people from their friends or trying to use alcohol or drugs to make a person more vulnerable.

Amanda Opitz, of YWCA Missoula, said, "This is a great way to engage our community and business owners, and so it's really innovative for our community to really be looking at how to integrate bystanders at all levels."

The pilot training program takes place at the Rhino on April 14.

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