A cause we can all believe in

BASA is a collective of bar and restaurant professionals who recognize the issues of sexual assault, harassment and discrimination within the wider culture. We believe it is our imperative to stand against these issues in our industry.

Why We’re Here

Alcohol is never an excuse. Alcohol is the #1 date rape drug, and though alcohol does not cause rape or other dangerous behavior, we have a responsibility to protect our patrons and fellow employees through raising awareness and developing strategies to intervene when we witness these behaviors.

How we’ll get therE

Bartenders Against Sexual Assault (BASA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit as an initiative of Proper Groove, which was founded to address the issue of sexual assault in the nighttime economy and the wider culture.

We have been working intentionally to create this community-led organization, to grow our board and to develop a bystander intervention program that is research-based and built upon the needs of marginalized communities and identities. We’ve developed a four-pillared plan for addressing these issues: Education, Prevention, Intervention and Consent (EPIC Moves Training Series), and #86Excuses – an industry awareness campaign.

Our Mission

BASA’s mission is to engage and empower bar and restaurant professionals to create safer industry and patron spaces through bystander intervention training and awareness raising campaigns.


Now we need your help! Our work depends on the support of our community. Please donate this #GivingTuesday to Proper Groove and help us spread the word. Your donation provides program support for curriculum development, training, outreach materials, establishment resources and victim referrals. We graciously thank you in advance.

Here are a few suggestions for successful ways to raise money and help us achieve our mission:

  • Donate a dollar (or more) from sales of a featured cocktail, beer or wine on your menu
  • Feature a BASA menu and donate a percentage of proceeds from sales
  • Donate a percentage of tips and ask your manager or owner to match your donation
  • Create a special event with a special menu or food pairings

Stay tuned to sign up your bar for training, to volunteer, and to become a part of the change!