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Casper Police Seeking Public Comment On Sexual Violence At Local Establishments

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Casper Police Department Chief Keith McPheeters

A Casper Police Department (CPD) survey is aiming to better understand what the sexual violence atmosphere looks like at its local establishments, such as bars or restaurants.

The survey comes from Missoula's Intervention in Action project and is the first step in a longer campaign. While it is anonymous, it asks respondents specific questions, including, what type of behavior makes one uncomfortable in a bar or club, and how often has one experienced sexist comments in that same setting.

CPD's Rebekah Ladd said once the survey is closed, the results will be used to create a specialized training program for employees at those kinds of establishments.

"Whether it be bar staff, waitstaff managers, anybody who works in them, so that they can be trained to spot signs of sexual assault, hopefully, before something takes place," she said. "That's called bystander intervention training."

The survey is open until March 10 and can be found here or on the Casper Police Department's Facebook page.

Maggie Mullen is Wyoming Public Radio's regional reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau. Her work has aired on NPR, Marketplace, Science Friday, and Here and Now. She was awarded a 2019 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her story on the Black 14.
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