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Indiana Campus Sexual Assault Primary Prevention Project

Bystander Intervention

Understanding Bystander Intervention

The role of the bystander is one component of sexual violence prevention that can be effective on college campuses. Common goals of bystander programs are to:

  • Develop ways to increase awareness of sexual assault, such as learning to make observations and recognizing warning behaviors that may require intervention;
  • Teach the appropriate skills to intervene safely and effectively, in both direct and indirect ways.

Effective bystander programs foster an encouraging environment for others to speak out against sexist attitudes, rape myth beliefs, and sexual violence itself. Confronting sexual violence can help change the social norms of a community and society as a whole.

Bystander Intervention Programs

Other Online Resources

Cal Poly: Bystander Intervention Video

Mentors in Violence Prevention: Gender Violence Prevention Education & Training

National Sexual Violence Resource Center Bystander Intervention Resources

Prevention Connection Web Tutorial: Engaging Bystanders in Violence Against Women Prevention

Prevention Connection Podcast Interview with Alan Berkowitz