RENO, Nev. (NEWS 4 & FOX11) — Safe Embrace has created Project 86 with the intention to help end sexual violence and harassment in the work environment. The goal is to make our community a safer place to work and aims to end the behavior especially in hospitality businesses.
There are a lot of signs that we teach on how to identify if it is sexual harassment and human trafficking and when they realized some of the situations, they have been put in are actual sexual harassment even the managers realize they have to form different steps on how to intervene," said Krystal Copenhaver, Safe Embrace Outreach Prevention and Education Specialist.
In anticipation of sexual assault harassment awareness month which happens in April, Safe Embrace is encouraging businesses to schedule a free training seminar through Project 86 to educate their staff on how to spot victims of human trafficking and to go over the business’ sexual harassment policies and procedures.
The term "86," which is used to indicate something is no longer allowed or not welcome, traditionally in the food and drink establishments.
According to the organization 1 out of 3 females is sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and their goal is to give establishments tools to prevent and spot the behavior.
"Waitresses and bartenders usually feel like they have to endure sexual harassment in order to receive big tips, and that is not the case, they shouldn't feel like that," Copenhaver added.
The organization plans to hold community events throughout April to help bring awareness to sexual harassment in the workplace.
To learn more about the organization click here.