Bystander Intervention


The Women’s Center is committed to you!

The Women’s Center is committed to teaching students, faculty, and staff to take a proactive and preventative approach to ending discrimination and violence.  


Through EDUCATION we strive to make individuals aware of the signs that discrimination or violence may occur so that they recognize when someone may be in trouble.


Through ACTive Bystander Intervention training we strive to EQUIP with the skills and strategies needed to intervene in situations of discrimination or violence safely!


By educating and equipping individuals we strive to EMPOWER them to act in these situations to make a difference and help end discrimination and violence!


ACTive Bystander Intervention includes:

  • Recognizing and identifying situations where there is the potential for someone to be hurt, mistreated, assaulted, etc.

  • Making a decision to interrupt that situation to check in with the people involved and to prevent a bad situation from continuing


Deciding when to intervene: Things to consider



NOTICE: A person who is intoxicated cannot legally give consent to have sex. AND sex without consent is assault.


Physical force is never acceptable


Coercion is also unacceptable

Examples of coercion

                    “Come on, you know you want to.”

                    “You just need to loosen up.”

                    “But you said we’d have sex tonight.”

    Trust your gut.  If it looks bad, say something


    Strategies for Intervention:


    • Say something to the aggressor.

    • Say something to the person in trouble.


    • Find a friend of one of them and ask them to get involved.

    • Find the host of the party and let them know there is a problem.


    • Spill your drink on one of them and then offer to help them get cleaned up.

    • Ask one of them for a ride home.