What is bystander intervention?
Taking action and preventing or interrupting dangerous activity doesn’t have to be hard.
It could be as simple as:
- “Accidentally” spilling a drink on a person who is attempting to take advantage of
another at a party. This can interrupt harmful plans and give the victim an out.
- Speaking up and not letting friends leave a party or go to a secluded area with a
new acquaintance. Staying in groups is safer.
- Inserting yourself into a conversation where another person seems unsafe, creating
- Not being afraid to call police if a situation seems to be escalating, like when someone
starts yelling at or hitting another.
- Remembering to trust your instincts. If you think something is wrong in a situation, chances are most people around you feel the same way. Take action and speak up. Others will typically follow.
- NOTICE something is not right
- IDENTIFY that someone needs help
- DECIDE TO ACT, and develop an intervention strategy
- INTERVENE SAFELY, either alone or with others
Again, it doesn’t have to be a confrontational act. Just watch Snack Man…
MAN BREAKS UP FIGHT ON NYC SUBWAY
"SNACK MAN" APPEARS ON "ANDERSON"