To recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Dallas Police Department will hold a press conference on April 9, 2015, at 2 p.m. to announce a new initiative to prevent sexual assault. The press conference will be held at 1400 South Lamar Street in the Donald A. Stafford Media Conference Room.
Along with the Dallas Police Department, the Dallas County Sexual Assault Coalition will team up with local bars and restaurants in an initiative to prevent sexual assault. The effort, called “Protecting Our Patrons Program” will give customers information aimed at the reduction of sexual offenses.
The Dallas Police Department reports that over half of the sexual assault reports they receive involve victims who are impaired in some way. The campaign, developed by the Dallas County Sexual Assault Coalition, will post messages in the bathrooms of participating restaurants and bars to highlight the dangers involved in the over-consumption of alcohol and of date-rape drugs. The program will also reinforce that “no means no.”
The coalition is made up of professionals who deal with victims of sexual assault on a daily basis, including police, doctors, district attorneys, victim advocates, counselors and nurses. Their mission is to prevent sexual assault and to improve the response to sexual assault victims.
Participation in the initiative is not mandatory. The coalition expresses gratitude to the establishments who are taking these steps to ensure that patrons have a good – and safe – time, and for distributing the information in an effort to prevent sexual assaults.
By Jennifer Pfalz
Dallas Police Department Press Release