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"People like us": Barriers that prevent White women from intervening when Black women are being harassed or assaulted

Research suggests that women are more likely to intervene to help other women at risk for sexual victimization. In addition, multiple studies have assessed participants’ past intervention, either with friends or with strangers, or their willingness to intervene with either a friend or a stranger at risk for sexual victimization. Bystanders are less likely to help those who are perceived to be out-group members than in-group members. Multiple theories from social psychology suspect that White women may be inhibited from helping Black women at risk for victimization; we seek to explore that further. Target audience is KSU community. 

Time: 2:00pm     Location: K-State Student Union, Flinthills Room & Zoom
Zoom Link Passcode: 778862
Level: Intermediate


Stephanie Foran

Stephanie Foran
Survivor Advocate

Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education (CARE)

Stephanie Foran is originally from New Jersey. She received Bachelor of Arts in Global/Multinational Studies and Political Science from Rider University in 2012 and Master's in International Relations from Webster University in 2015.

She developed a passion for combating gender-based violence while working on her Master's thesis. At her previous position, she served as a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate and Prevention Educator, providing outreach to local government, nonprofits, high schools, and police stations in an effort to fight sexual assault from a community perspective. At the CARE office, she is in charge of the CARE Healing Fund, which helps survivors access therapy both on and off-campus. She has displayed a true passion to assist survivors of crime while being trauma-informed.

Alayna Cogburn

Dr. Alayna Colburn
Survivor Advocate

Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education (CARE)

Dr. Alayna Colburn received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2014 and a Master of Arts in Sociology in 2016. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology in November of 2020.

She specializes in criminology and has taught classes on sociology, the criminal justice system, family violence, and policing. She also volunteers her time in the Manhattan community by serving as a member of the Fair and Impartial Policing working group which is a partnership between selected citizens of Riley County and members of the Riley County Police Department. At the CARE office, she is the advocate in charge of tracking Clery crimes, to ensure accurate reporting of crimes occurring on-campus and within a one-mile radius.