What is Active Bystander Intervention?
Active Bystander Intervention discourages victim blaming by switching the focus of prevention to what a community of people/students can do collectively.
This approach encourages people to identify situations that might lead to a sexual assault, a domestic assault or someone being bullied and then how to safely intervene to prevent the act from occurring. The approach also allows for a change in cultural expectations by empowering everyone to say or do something when they see inappropriate or harmful behavior. This method of intervention places the responsibility of prevention on everyone!
Help Someone You Know
Safety is paramount in active bystander intervention. Usually, intervening in a group is safer than intervening individually. Also, choosing a method of intervention that deescalates the situation is safer than attempting a confrontation. Some methods are direct, and some of them are less obvious to the perpetrator:
-Making up an excuse to get him/her out of a potentially dangerous situation
-Letting a friend or co-worker know that his or her actions may lead to serious consequences
-Never leaving a his/her side, despite the efforts of someone to get him/her alone or away from you
-Using a group of friends to remind someone behaving
inappropriately that his or her behavior should be respectful
-Taking steps to curb someone’s use of alcohol before problems occur
-Calling the authorities when the situation warrants