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Partners for Alcohol Safety discuss alcohol and sexual assaults

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Members of a joint project by the University of Iowa and the City of Iowa City are looking to make improvements downtown.

The Partnership for Alcohol Safety addressed alcohol and sexual assaults

Members admit that safety issues have improved especially in the downtown area, but more still needs to be done to combat sexual assaults.

One idea includes providing bystander training for bar owners and staff.

"It's not an issue that gets solved overnight, it's something that requires ongoing attention and when we have all these different stakeholders at the table we can review issues and what's kind of bubbling up here and what are the issues going on," said campus-community harm reduction initiatives coordinator, Kelly Bender. 

There were city leaders, law enforcement among other campus and community members.

They also stressed shifting the focus in educating people about sexual assaults, from potential victims, to the perpetrator.

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