Bystander Intervention

 


BE MORE THAN A BYSTANDER

There may have been a point in your life where you watched someone behave in an abusive or derogatory way towards another person, either through a joke or comment, or physical or sexual assault.

During those times, there are options on how we can intervene!

Ways you can be more than a Bystander

  • Refuse to join in on derogatory name calling.
  • Don’t stay silent. Even leaving the situation demonstrates that you are not in agreement with the behavior which is taking place.
  • Be present. Stand near the victim and offer your presence so the harasser or abuser knows that the victim, or potential victim, is not alone.
  • Ask directly if the individual is okay and if he or she is being bothered. Ask if there is any way you can help.
  • Take action if it is safe to do so and if there is a threat of immediate danger. Call for the police or security. 
    (Bystander related material adapted with permission from the Ending Violence Association of BC and the BC Lions.)

     

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What Bystanders Can Do