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Title IX : Consent and Respect

Women's Studies

Bystander Intervention Strategies

Has there ever been a time when you felt, or even knew, something was wrong and wanted to help but didn’t? You’re not alone. This situation is more common than you might think and is known as the bystander effect. It is especially common in group settings, where everyone assumes someone else will do something or assumes that, since no one is doing anything, it is not a problem.

Below are the five steps to overcoming the bystander effect and doing something to make a difference in the life of a community member.


Bystander Intervention Revolution

Notice the Event

Be aware of your surroundings and look out for your friends. Pay attention to situations that may easily escalate. What may start off as a disagreement may escalate into a physical altercation.

Interpret it as a Problem

Interpreting something as a problem is as simple as acknowledging a gut feeling that something is wrong.

Assume Personal Responsibility

Once you have recognized that there is a problem, regardless of how many other people are around, you have assumed no one else will help.

Know How to Help

Help can be direct or indirect. Direct help means you are intervening in the situation to address the problem. Indirect means that you call for assistance from someone else.

Step Up

Whether the help is direct or indirect, the most important thing is to step up and do something. If you or someone you care about was in trouble, what would you want someone to do for you?

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