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You can become an Active Bystander by attending one of our Bystander Intervention Trainings.

An Active Bystander is someone who goes beyond "It's On Us". 

Bystander intervention is the act of feeling empowered and equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively assist in the prevention of sexual violence. Bystander intervention doesn’t have to jeopardize the safety of the bystander.

Bystander intervention and bystander education programs teach potential witnesses safe and positive ways that they can act to prevent or intervene when there is a risk for sexual violence. This approach gives community members specific roles that they can use in preventing sexual violence, including naming and stopping situations that could lead to sexual violence before it happens, stepping in during an incident, and speaking out against ideas and behaviors that support sexual violence. It also gives individuals the skills to be an effective and supportive ally to survivors after an assault has taken place.

Bystander intervention can be something as small as a someone telling their friend that their sexist language is offensive or as great as a college student calling the police if they witness an act of sexual violence from a dorm window. Regardless of the level of intervention, there are safe ways to help prevent sexual violence. 

 



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