New Paltz Bars Join New Anti Sexual Assault Program

New Paltz Bars Join New Anti Sexual Assault Program

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A pilot program of bystander training for New Paltz bar staffs — with the aim of reducing the number of sexual assaults that take place and preventing sexual assaults before they occur — has been announced by Ulster County Executive Mike Hein.

This is the first such program in New York State and can serve as a model for the development of a state-wide initiative.  The Ulster County Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP) has launched this program in New Paltz with the assistance of Town of New Paltz Police Chief Joseph Snyder and the New Paltz Bar and Tavern President, Mike Beck. Currently there are three bars participating in this innovative initiative: P&G’s Restaurant & Bar, McGillicuddy’s Restaurant & Tap House, and Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub.  Those establishments that have completed the training will receive a certificate designed so that SUNY New Paltz students and all Ulster County residents will know that the establishment cares about this issue and the community at large.

According to County Executive Mike Hein “The Ulster County Bystanders Against Sexual Assault Program is an important preventative measure that provides an invaluable tool for bar staff to recognize the signs of someone who may be experiencing unwanted advances. The UCBASA program is cutting edge in its ability to teach bar staff how and why sex offenders offend, what qualifies as sexual assault and why consent is vital.  It looks at local statistics and teaches sexual assault prevention knowledge to create a comprehensive program that meets the complex and diverse needs of training front of house staff to appropriately intervene on the behalf of their patrons.  I have directed our team to share all aspects of this program with all interested municipalities. I also want to thank SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian for his support as well as those establishments in New Paltz who are participating in this important training.”

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