Counseling & Psychological Services

Prevention and Education
Bystander Intervention & Sexual Assault Prevention

We all have a responsibility to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive IUPUI community!!

Don't be a Bystander!

  • What is a Bystander?

    A bystander is any person who is present at an event or incident but does NOT take part.

  • What is Bystander Intervention?

    Bystander Intervention involves developing the awareness, skills, and courage needed to intervene in a situation when another individual needs help. Bystander intervention allows individuals to send powerful messages about what is acceptable and expected behavior in our community.

  • 5 Step Decisionā€Making Model

    1. Notice the Event
    2. Interpret the Event as a problem
    3. Take personal responsibility to intervene
    4. Decide how you are going to intervene
    5. Decide to Intervene
  • Rules for Bystander Intervention

    Do NOT put yourself at risk.

    Do NOT make the situation worse.

    More TIPS:

    • Intervene at the earliest point possible
    • Look for early warning signs of trouble!
    • Intervening does not necessarily mean confronting
    • Ask for help!
  • The Three "D's" of Bystander Intervention

    Direct – Directly intervening, in the moment, to prevent a problem situation from happening

    Delegate – Seeking help from another individual, often someone who is authorized to represent others, such as a police officer or campus official.

    Distract – Interrupting the situation without directly confronting the offender.