People typically flock to bars to meet potential romantic partners, but what happens when the situation gets out of hand? Researchers observing more than 250 sexually aggressive acts, such as unwanted sexual contact and persistence, taking place in dance clubs, pubs, and concert venues have found that staff members rarely intervene in incidents, and patrons jump in only 21% of the time—usually to help targets, but not always; sometimes they encourage the aggressor. Scientists are suggesting better management of highly sexualized environments like bars and posting signs that indicate "bad" behavior will not be tolerated. The study indicating these results will be officially published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research in May, but is now available on early view.
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