Orlando's newest campaign to prevent sexual violence is in nightclubs' restrooms


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After pushing a successful campaign last August to teach bar employees how to watch for signs of sexual abuse, Orlando Police and Victim Service of Central Florida are taking the message to the masses via nightclub bathrooms. 

OPD Officer Roland Clee says the partners joined up to create a poster that will be distributed to club owners in Orlando's bar district and placed in restroom stalls so patrons can see it. 

"Our message is simple,” he says. “We want you to have a good time, but we also want you to be safe and be on the lookout for your friends.” 

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OPD reported in its year-end review that in 2015, sexual offenses were up by almost 13 percent from the previous year. Lui Damiani, executive director for Victim Service, says about 33 percent of the sexual violence cases his center sees involve drugs or alcohol. Damiani wants bystanders to take a more active approach when they see someone at a club in trouble and adds that the partners want to expand this campaign to include the corridor near the University of Central Florida. 

In case you're not currently sitting in a club restroom but still need someone to talk to, you can call the Victim Service's confidential 24-hour sexual assault hotline at 407-497-6701. 

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