Good Night Out Vancouver was founded out of an awareness of the links between alcohol consumption and sexual aggression and initiated from community concerns that staff and patrons in Vancouver’s nightlife could benefit from education around how to recognize, interrupt, and prevent sexual harassment and assault on nights out.
We use recent research on gendered violence, bystander intervention, and anti-oppressive techniques to create a variety of original educational tools, interventions and messaging aimed at reducing gendered and homophobic harassment and violence in our city’s arts, culture and entertainment scene. We are committed to engaging our community with these issues in ways that are authentic, meaningful and interactive. The work that Good Night Out has done in Vancouver has been presented on a local and international scale, with our team being looked to as experts in the field of violence against women.
We want to see a cultural shift in Vancouver's arts, culture, and nightlife. We want safer nights out for all.
A peer-based audit system for licensed venues in Vancouver
Training that addresses the "risk for sexual assault perpetration" that are present in Vancouver's nightlife and entertainment culture
Tools to create a network of venue staff that are engaged and invested in community safety
Nightlife harm-reduction services
Data on what makes women and LGBT2Q communities feel unsafe and where it is happening
The creation of community bystanders with skills and motivation to intervene when faced with sexual harassment and violence
Why this issue matters:
Provincially and federally there is a lack of policy or guidelines on how the nightlife economy can implement sexual violence prevention into their operations
1 in 5 sexual assaults are drug or alcohol facilitated
Drug and alcohol use, rape myth acceptance and bystander apathy, amongst other factors, as variables linked to the occurrence of sexual violence
Patrons and employees within the industry are victims of and perpetuate sexism and sexual violence
Nightlife culture in Vancouver, as in any metropolitan centre, is an environment where these risk factors are often allowed to thrive and are even normalized