SHOUT UP! Newcastle
Have you ever been on a night out and seen aggression or sexual harassment? Have you been witness and thought ‘is that what i think it is or have i misinterpreted that?’ Do you have the confidence to intervene and help the ‘victim’ out?
The Shout Up Campaign aims to provide the bar industry with the knowledge and training to be able to spot the signs and intervene if need be.
‘79% OF WOMEN EXPERIENCED INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTS, UNWANTED TOUCHING OR GROPING ON A NIGHT OUT.’
You may be aware of ‘ Ask for Angela’ an initiative that when you the person in the situation feel uncomfortable are given means and tools to approach staff who will then help you remove yourself safely from said situation. This is something that some of you reading may have used or know of people that have. As useful as it is it still relies on you the person alerting others you do not feel comfortable. If you do not mention it and no one else is looking out for you then what happens?
‘63% OF WOMEN AND 26% OF MEN HAD DIRECTLY EXPERIENCED SEXUAL HARASSMENT ON A NIGHT OUT.’
Shout Up is an initiative being led by Newcastle Council, Rape Crisis and Northumberland – Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland. It aims to enable both staff in venues and ourselves as patrons to make the pub, bar and club environment safer for each other by enabling us to spot the tell tale signs of harassment or sexually aggressive behaviour. If you as a patron ever spot behaviour like this then you are urged to report it to staff. This scheme will enable the staff in venues to spot it and take action.
‘72% OF THOSE SURVEYED SAID THEY HAVE WITNESSED SEXUAL HARASSMENT ON A NIGHT OUT.’
Having been launched in 2017 the campagain has undergone three already successful successful phases in Ouseburn, Jesmond and Newcastle’s Diamond Strip.
Phase four is now coming into play and returning the to city centre focusing on the student experience and freshers. Yes a new university year has given us an influx of students that are settling in at either of the Universities of Newcastle or Northumbria.
Whether new to Newcastle or a life long Geordie the nightlife is a hit with many students hitting up the bars on the weekdays and weekends. Lets all play our part and make it a safer place for eachother and make it a more welcoming and enjoyable experience for all.
Confirmed venues for phase four of which are of focus are Newcastle University Student Union, Northumbria University Student Union,Tiger Tiger, O2 Academy Newcastle, Powerhouse, City Vaults, Bier Keller and Nightclub Digital.
Phase two venues are also being revisited moslty across the Diamond strip including:
Tup Tup Palace, Perdu, Flares , Retro,, Florita’s, Madame Koo and House of Smith
Lets all make ourselves aware and know when to ‘SHOUT UP!’ and help let those in trouble that they are being looked out for!
The training is delivered by experts from Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland. It’s formal name is Bystander Intervention, it will support bar staff and door staff to recognise situations that could endanger patrons and understand the impact of sexual violence on those who experience it and fellow patrons. The training will teach them how to deal with these situations within the scope of their role, i.e. not be required to put themselves in danger. To get involved or find out more please use the links below.