Saturday, January 12, 2019



Ulster County Bystanders Against Sexual Assault program expands to Saugerties

KINGSTON – The Ulster County Bystanders Against Sexual Assault program has expanded to Saugerties.

The program, launched in New Paltz, provides bystander training for restaurant and bar staff as it aims to prevent sexual assault before they occur and reduce the overall number of sexual assaults that take place. Also launched in Kingston, it has trained 46 staff members and nine bars.

UCBASA launch in Saugerties

The program is “an unprecedented initiative to empower the owners and employees of Ulster County’s taverns, bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, to not only recognize the warning signs but also to intervene in situations where it appears that an individual may be at risk of sexual assault,” said County Executive Michael Hein .

Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said the program “is one more step toward protecting vulnerable individuals from sexual assault. To partner with local bars and restaurants in this effort truly epitomizes the concerns we all share in ensuring the safety of all patrons visiting our bars and restaurants.”

One session has been held with law enforcement and restaurant owners in Saugerties. A second session will be held at 2 p.m. on January 23 at Sue’s Restaurant, 3101 Route 9W in Saugerties.


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