A video produced here in Syracuse is being shared all across the country. Made in connection with Vera House, the ‘Say Something’ video is sending a message about standing up when you an abusive situation.
Though it is a reenactment used for the filming of the video, it’s something Eric Alderman, owner of the Stoop Kitchen bar, sees too often.
“What was shown in that video happens every single day, in most bars and restaurants at some time, all of the time,” said Alderman.
The Stoop Kitchen has a zero tolerance policy — standing up and saying something when they see a person being harassed, abused or assaulted.
“We made it a crucial point that if women couldn’t come into our place and feel safe, we would never be the kind of place we wanted to be,” Alderman said.
That same message carrying throughout the video. It shows the bartender actively stepping in after seeing a man dump a drink on his girlfriend. The bartender leaves the woman with a bracelet with the number to the Vera House hotline, sending a message about being an active bystander.
“I think that the truest way of standing up for somebody in that situation is to give them the choice of when and how they are going to stand up for themselves,” said Solon Quinn, the Owner of Solon Quinn Studios and a Vera House Board Member.
Quinn and others involved in the project said there was a direct impact after the video aired. A caller reached out to the hotline and cited the video as their reason for calling.
“It will change things, one step at a time, one day at a time, nothing happens over night but it’s got to be a progression where it happens in restaurants, it happens in the work place, it happens with friends among friends, and it builds momentum but this is a great first step,” Alderman said.
The 24-hour emergency hotline is (315) 468-3260. You can call anytime and someone will answer, ready to listen.