Workshop #8 – The Ohio Bar Project Assessment: Findings that Highlight the Opportunity for Community, Bravery, & Accountability in Sexual Violence Prevention Work in the Service Industry
Wednesday, August 12th @ 2:45pm
Presentation Abstract: Between December 2019 and January 2020, OAESV collaborated with state and local partners to conduct a statewide assessment of bar culture and sexual aggression in Ohio. The assessment findings were used to develop recommendations for a unified approach to sexual violence prevention in Ohio’s service industry. Since the completion of the study, COVID-19 has highlighted how restaurants, bars, and dance halls offer neighborliness, connection, and sense of belonging in addition to providing food and drink. Today’s presenters will summarize the methodology, actionable findings, and recommendations of the Ohio Bar Project Assessment. As the presenters review results and next steps, content will be structured around the three pillars of this year’s conference theme. We hope the stories these data can tell will inspire attendees to construct their own prevention narratives that use community, bravery, and accountability to revitalize our gathering spaces in ways that are free of harassment and aggression.
Presenter Name(s): Sharon M. Wasco, PhD (she/her/hers) and Maria Cole (she/her/hers)
Lead Presenter Bio: Sharon M. Wasco, PhD, is a community psychologist dedicated to preventing sexual violence. Early experiences as a victim advocate and child welfare caseworker convinced her that multidisciplinary teams could work together to solve even the most daunting problems. Today, Dr. Wasco consults with leaders in the movement against violence to find ways that data can improve community-based prevention and intervention. Dr. Wasco brings over 20 years of evaluation experience to her practice. She was a member of the research team that conducted the nation’s first statewide evaluation of sexual and domestic violence services in Illinois; and has worked on statewide evaluation efforts in California, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Dr. Wasco was a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she taught statistics, research methods, program evaluation and community psychology to undergraduate and graduate students. Commitment to collaboration guides her work.
This publication is supported in part by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Rape Prevention Education, by Grant No. ODH Project Number: 01860214VW0820 awarded to the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence by the Department of Health. It is also supported in part by VOCA Grant No. 2020-VOCA-132920668; and by subgrant No. 2019-WF-VA7-8919 awarded by the state administering office for the STOP Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the state or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the Ohio Department of Health, or the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.