Bystander Intervention

What is bystander intervention?


Bystander Intervention is a strategy to prevent a violent situation before it occurs. If something seems potentially unsafe, you can step in before the situation escalates. It is an action-oriented community effort to look out for each other.

This may seem scary and difficult, but there are small ways you can intervene to make a big difference!

The only person responsible for a sexual assault is the perpetrator, but we can all take steps to prevent violence in our community.

Ways to Intervene


Direct: If you notice something is wrong, you can directly step in to address the problem! Make sure you are safe when you intervene.

Distract: Sometimes the direct approach is intimidating or dangerous. Distraction can be just as effective! A good distraction diverts the potential perpetrators attention, giving you a chance to get your friend out of a potentially dangerous situation.

Delegate: If you are unable to help in a situation, then find someone who can. Talk to someone with more social power than you. This could be a friend, an employee of a venue, or an authority figure.