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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 Decision‐Making Model
- Notice the Event
- Interpret the Event as a problem
- Take personal responsibility to intervene
- Decide how you are going to intervene
- Decide to Intervene
Rules for Bystander Intervention
Do NOT put yourself at risk.
Do NOT make the situation worse.
- 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.