Bystander intervention

What is the It's On Us Campaign?

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It’s On Us is a bystander campaign aimed at shifting the way that we think about sexual assault.  It challenges us to hold ourselves and others accountable to prevent sexual violence.

It’s On Us at Murray State University represents our mission to equip every member of our campus community to be a part of ending sexual violence on our campus in our community.


What is bystander intervention?

The bystander intervention model focuses on helping community members understand and become more sensitive to issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating  violence, and stalking by teaching prevention and interruption skills. The bystander role includes interrupting situations that could lead to assault before it happens or during an incident; speaking out against social norms that support sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; and having skills to be an effective and supportive ally to survivors.


Why intervene?

1 of every 3 sexual assaults occur in the presence of a bystander.  This means that 33% of sexual assaults could potentially be prevented by the intervention of a bystander.


Tips for bystander intervention:

Talk to your friends honestly and openly about sexual assault.

Don’t just be a bystander—if you see something, intervene in any way you can.

Trust your gut. If something looks like it might be a bad situation, it probably is.

Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they need help if they’re okay

Get someone to help you if you see something—enlist a friend, RA,  bartender, or party host.

Keep an eye on someone who has had too much to drink.

If you see someone who is too   intoxicated to consent, enlist their friends to help them leave safely.

Recognize the potential danger of someone who talks about planning to target another person at a part.

Be aware if someone is deliberately trying to intoxicate, isolate, or   corner someone else.

Get in the way by creating a distraction, drawing attention to the situation or separating them.

Never blame the victim.