Part II: Campus Sexual Assault Prevention

PART II: Intervene If You Are A Bystander

A bystander is someone that observes a situation but is not directly involved in the situation. RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) identifies CARE as a method of bystander intervention

Create a distraction

This can look like going up to someone and acting like you need them for something, or asking about a class assignment. Anything to direct the attention to you and allows you to remove the individual from the interaction so that you can check in.

Ask directly

You can ask the individual directly if they want to be engaging with this other individual.

Refer to an authority

If there is security at the party, ask them to assist. If not, you can call campus safety or 911 to assist you if the individual is in danger.

Enlist others

If you don’t feel comfortable approaching a situation yourself, ask a friend of the person in distress to check in on their friend.

Remember, it’s always best to check in than to assume the situation is safe or that the individual feels comfortable with what’s happening.