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What is Bystander Intervention?
Why is it important to intervene?
Find an intervention approach that works for you.
Direct Strategies: when a person directly engages one or both parties involved in the potentially harmful situation
Delegation Strategies: when a person recognizes a potentially harmful situation and
acts to get someone to
intervene in the situation
Distraction Strategies: when a person recognizes a potentially harmful situation and creates a distraction that separates the two individuals involved or calls attention to the individuals involved
Examples of Direct Intervention strategies
- Ask the individual: "Are you okay?"
- Remind both parties that alcohol does not equal consent for sexual activity
- Let one or both parties know that you don't think what is happening is a good idea or that you are concerned
- Remind the aggressor of the consequences for their actions
Examples of Delegation Intervention strategies
- Enlist the help of a friend of the parties involved
- Tell an RA or RD that you believe there may be a problem
- Let the bartender know that someone may need help
- Talk to the host of the party about your concerns
- Call the police
Examples of Distraction Intervention strategies
- Call one of the individuals' cell phone to give them an out
- Spill your drink on purpose
- Tell your friend you are upset and need to talk to them right away
- Ask where the bathroom is
- Turn off the music
- Tell one of the individuals their ride is leaving and pull them away
Tips for intervention
- Talk to your friends open and honestly.
- If you see something, intervene in any way that you can
- Trust your gut. If something looks like it might be a bad situation, it probably is.
- Get someone to help you if you see something. Enlist the help of 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.
- If someone talks about planning to target another person, take it seriously and confront the person.