Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention

Bystander intervention is a term used to describe the interruption of behavior or speech by someone who is a present or a bystander. Some examples of bystander intervention are:

  • confronting people who seclude, hit on, try to make out with, or have sex with people who are incapacitated
  • speaking up when someone discusses plans to take sexual advantage of another person
  • calling police when a person is yelling at another and it is not safe for you to interrupt
  • interjecting yourself into a conversation where another person seems unsafe
  • refusing to leave the area (or call police) if a person is trying to get you to leave so they can take advantage of another
  • speaking up with people use racist, sexist, homophobic, or other harmful language
  • offering to drive an incapacitated friend home from a party
  • ensuring friends who are incapacitated do not leave the party or go to secluded places with others