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Sexual Assault Prevention & Night Club Safety

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The City of West Hollywood prides itself on being a safe city with a very diverse group of residents and visitors who enjoy West Hollywood’s restaurants, retail shops, and nightlife establishments.

Although West Hollywood is a safe place to live and visit, please remember that hotel guests, club patrons and residents can be targets for crime. Precautions should always be taken, no matter where you go. To help make your nightlife in West Hollywood a safe and enjoyable one, we are providing you with this safety information.

Sexual Assault Prevention Safety Tips:

  • Never accept a drink from anyone except the bartender and watch your drink being mixed. Don’t share or exchange drinks.

  • Never leave your drink unattended, giving someone the opportunity to slip something into it. If in doubt, order a new drink just to be on the safe side.

  • Never leave a bar or club with someone you have just met, especially if you are feeling intoxicated. If you do leave the bar with someone, make sure your friend or someone knows that you are leaving, and with whom.

  • Avoid neighborhood danger zones: dark parking lots, alleys, walk ways with tall shrubs, walls and fences.

  • Move away from unsafe situations if you feel threatened.  Run, scream “Help,” “Call 9-1-1,” or “Fire” for quickest response.
  • Remember drinking and partying affects your judgement: Be Safe! 

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Incidents of Sexual Assault & Rape:  Call 9-1-1 immediately!

If you are a victim of sexual assault – get help. Call the police, a friend, or a rape crisis center. If possible, save your clothes, don’t shower or brush teeth, & seek medical attention immediately.

Don’t isolate yourself, don’t feel guilty, and don’t just try to forget about it.  If you have a lapse of memory, or wake up in a strange place and feel you might have been a victim of a sexual assault, contact a local law enforcement agency immediately.  Get medical attention as soon as possible.

Best Safety Practices for Nighttime Establishments:

The City of West Hollywood created a safety handbook for nightlife establishments in June 2017. The goal of this document is to assist nightlife owners in maintaining safe bars, lounges and clubs free from illegal activity including: drug sales, underage drinking, overconsumption of alcohol, violence, prostitution, sex offenses, and terrorism.

Best Safety Practices for Nighttime Establishments (Handbook) 

For more information: 

City of West Hollywood Public Safety Department: (323) 848-6414  TTY (323) 848-6496
West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station: (310) 855-8850
Peace Over Violence: (310) 392-8381
Rape Treatment Center, SM-UCLA Med Center: (424) 259-7208
Sexual Assault Information Websites: National:   California: