Active bystanders can intervene before sexual assault occurs.
Active bystanders can address sexist attitudes and beliefs to combat
behavior that supports sexual violence.
Active bystander are pro-social and intervene in ways that impact the
Active bystanders influence their peer group and community.
Simply checking in with someone can stop the momentum of something
bad happening: Hey, we're all trying to have a good time. Is
everything okay here?
In order to create a safer community, everyone can take steps to be
an active bystander:
Consider whether the situation demands some action
Decide if you feel a responsibility to act
Choose what form of assistance you can use to intervene
Listen and be open to a person seeking help
Ask yourself, “If I were in this situation, would I want someone to help?”
Even small interventions can make a big difference in a questionable situation.
Just distracting someone, saying something, checking in with a person
can stop the momentum of something bad
Use your cell phone (or any phone) to contact 911
Speak up if someone is using oppressive language