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Bystander Intervention

As an employee of the college or as a student, the possibility of you being present and the witness during a domestic and dating violence incident, a sexual assault, a stalking or a sexual harassment incident is a reality.  Intervene in these situations only if you believe it is safe and immediately contact a CSA or the campus police department for assistance.  

  • Bystanders should notice the incident taking place and should evaluate the situation to determine whether or not it is an emergency

  • Determine if someone needs assistance

  • Assume responsibility. Be ready to intervene even if others do not

  • Speak up if you see someone intentionally getting someone else drunk

  • Speak up if you see a friend leaving with someone he/she knows is drunk

  • Remind friends that sexual contact with an intoxicated person is against the law

  • Attempt to help. This may include helping a person to leave the situation, confront a behavior, diffuse a situation, or call for other support/security

  • Approach everyone in a respectful manner. Avoid using violence. Be honest and direct whenever possible. Recruit help if necessary. Keep yourself safe. Call the police any time that you feel it is necessary

  • If you choose to intervene, distractions or diversions may be viable strategies that can stop an aggressor from continuing his/her actions

As an employee of the college or as a student, the possibility of you being present and the witness during a domestic and dating violence incident, a sexual assault, a stalking or a sexual harassment incident is a reality.  Intervene in these situations only if you believe it is safe and immediately contact a CSA or the campus police department for assistance.  

 

Last Updated 8/19/16