Bystander Intervention is a philosophy and strategy for prevention of various types of violence. The types of violence includes; bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.
Bystander Intervention is an active role in the community where members will:
- Speak out
- Identify and stop negative situations
- Step in a high-risk situations (or get help)
- Support and believe others
- Help others in a way that fits your comfort level
*It is important to understand that bystander intervention is not asking you to put yourself at risk. If you do not feel the situation is safe, call for 9-1-1 for help.
Bystander Intervention Starts with You!
“The only person responsible for committing sexual assault is a perpetrator, but all of us have the ability to look out for each other’s safety. Whether it’s giving someone a safe ride home from a party or directly confronting a person who is engaging in threatening behavior. Anyone can help prevent sexual violence.” visit www.rainn.org to learn more about your role in preventing sexual violence.
“Why don’t people help more often?”
It’s not always easy to step in, even if you know it’s the right thing to do. Some common reasons bystanders remain on the sidelines include:
- “I don’t know what to do or what to say.”
- “I don’t want to cause a scene.”
- “It’s not my business.”
- “I don’t want my friend to be mad at me.”
- “I’m sure someone else will step in.”
It’s okay to have these thoughts, but it’s important to realize that your actions can have a big impact. In many situations, bystanders have the opportunity to prevent crimes like sexual assault from happening in the first place.