Samer Mitri, a 24 year old mixologist in Portland, Oregon, believes bartenders have a unique opportunity to make sure bars are free of sexual predators.
Mitri is asking bartenders to take the “Active Bystander” pledge and help
prevent sexual assault in their bars. He also hopes bars will sign up and help raise funds in support of sexual assault programs in the Portland Metro Area during Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April.
“Being a survivor of child abuse, I want to provide a safe environment for
myself and others. I stay hyper vigilant when I am behind the bar. If I see someone harassing another person, or if I see suspicious behavior, I intervene. Bartenders have the ability to ask someone to leave if they continue to harass a patron, either verbally or physically. By taking the
“Active Bystander” pledge, I am committing to work to make my bar a safer space—and I ask other bars/bartenders to do the same."
Mitri created the Active Bystander Cocktail. For every Active
Bystander Cocktail sold, Mitri is asking participating bars to donate
$2 to support SASHAA, PWCL and NWCAVE.*
Beginning March 18th bars can create their own team profile under
the Crowdrise page, take a photo, and have that be their team
photo on the Crowdrise page. Participating bars will be given
promotional materials including Active Bystander bar cards, teal
silicone wrist bands and teal coasters.
Mitri is hopeful Portland Metro area bars will form an alliance to
prevent sexual assault and join the campaign. “Drinking is no excuse
for sexual assault. Let’s change the paradigm. Let’s turn Portland
Metro bars teal this April, the color for Sexual Assault Awareness
and Prevention month.”
*Funds raised will be used as follows: SASHAA, Sexual Assault
Support & Help for Americans Abroad, will assist Portland Metro
residents who become victims of sexual assault while traveling in a
foreign country. PWCL, Portland Women’s Crisis Line, will assist
sexual assault victims in Portland. NWCAVE, National Women’s Coalition Against Violence And Exploitation, will assist sex trafficking victims in the Portland metro area.