How to intervene
All of us have a part to play in preventing sexual violence.
Five Steps of Bystander Intervention
- Notice the event
- Consider whether the situation demands your action
- Decide you have a responsibility to act
- Choose what form of assistance to use
- Understand how to implement the choice safely
How Can I help?
It doesn’t take superhuman powers to stop sexual violence; it requires ordinary citizens stepping up and stepping in when they see something. Be a part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Here are a few ideas of how to actively combat sexual violence:
- Talk to your friends honestly and openly about sexual assault.
- Don’t just be a bystander—if you see something, intervene in any way you can.
- Trust your gut. If something looks like it might be a bad situation, it probably is.
- Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they may need help if they’re ok.
- Get someone to help if you see something—enlist a friend, RA, bartender, or host to help step in.
- Keep an eye on someone who has had too much to drink.
- If you see someone who is too intoxicated to consent, enlist their friends to help them leave safely.
- Recognize the potential danger of someone who talks about planning to target another person at the party.
- Be aware if someone is deliberately trying to intoxicate, isolate, or corner someone else.
- Get in the way by creating a distraction, drawing attention to the situation, or separating them.
- Understand that if someone does not or cannot consent to sex, it’s rape.
- Never blame the victim.