DC NOW is pleased that ABRA and the ABC Board are taking seriously the role they can play in preventing sexual harassment and sexual assault. On February 28, 2013, DC NOW President Susan Mottet testified about the importance that the regulation clarify that the mandatory training focus on prevention (e.g. intervening in perpetrators' inappropriate behavior) and not on victim-blaming "risk reduction" (e.g. telling women not to drink too much because if they do they increase their chance of being sexually assaulted). Risk reduction does not decrease the rate of sexual assault whereas prevention does.
The ABC Board was very receptive to DC NOW's testimony and we will continue to work with them not only on this regulation but in ensuring that DC bars and clubs have all of the tools they need to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault.
To join the DC NOW book club, sign up here. Meetings are typically the first Sunday or first Thursday of the month.
In previous years, we have read The Unfinished Revoution by Kathleen Gerson, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman, Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Vagina by Naomi Wolf, Colonize This by Daisy Hernandez, Revolution From Within by Gloria Steinem, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein, The Women's Room by Marilyn French, This Common Secret by Susan Wicklund, and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, How to be a Woman by Caitlan Moran, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich, and Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Aurdre Lorde.