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Image: Shout Up certified venues in Nov 2021 – Abby Wiffen (Northumbria Students Union), Hayley Huskisson (Spot White), Paul Davison (Revolucion de Cuba), Marcus McEneaney (Northumbria Students Union), Grace Armstrong (Northumbria Students Union), Chloe Brady (Revolucion de Cuba)

After the disturbing findings from an investigation by UN Women in March 2021, which found that 97% of women have experienced sexual harassment, along with the recent reports of drink spiking and spiking by injection in Newcastle, Newcastle City Council relaunches Shout-Up – an initiative to end sexual harassment in bars, pubs and clubs of the city.

First launched in 2017 the scheme makes some of Newcastle’s most popular pubs, clubs and bars ‘sexual harassment-free zones’ by upskilling all venue and bar staff to identify sexual harassment and to intervene safely. It also requires certified venues to implement practices that protect staff and patrons from sexual harassment.

The eleven bars who fulfilled the necessary requirements to be certified are The Cluny, The Old Coal Yard, The Cumberland Arms, Spot White, Powerhouse, Rusty’s, The Blonde Barrell, Holy Hobo, and Habita, Domain and Reds Bar within Northumbria Students’ Union. 

The scheme hopes to certify a further 35-40 venues in the coming months.

Isobel Stewart, Assistant Manager at The Cumberland Arms said, “Being a part of something like Shout-Up! let’s our customers know we will not be ignoring sexual harassment on our premises. The training Shout-Up! provides gives the staff confidence to deal with these situations. It’s strengthening to know we are part of a community of great venues.”

 

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