WAYS TO INTERVENE

Step Up and Make a Difference

  1. Be aware: Notice if someone is making inappropriate or unwanted advances

  2. Create a Distraction: Step in to distract conversation by making eye contact with the potential victim and draw them into a conversation with just you. 

    • Cut off the conversation with a diversion like, “Let’s get pizza, I’m starving,” or “This party is lame. Let’s try somewhere else.”

    • Bring out fresh food or drinks and offer them to everyone at the party, including the people you are concerned about.

    • Start an activity that draws other people in, like a game, a debate, or a dance party.

  3. Ask directly: Talk directly to the person who might be in trouble.

    • Ask questions like “Who did you come here with?” or “Would you like me to stay with you?”

  4. Refer to an authority: Sometimes the safest way to intervene is to refer to a neutral party with the authority to change the situation, like an RA, parent, teacher, or security guard.

    • Talk to a security guard, bartender, or another employee about your concerns. It’s in their best interest to ensure that their patrons are safe, and they will usually be willing to step in.

    • Don’t hesitate to call 911 if you are concerned for someone else’s safety.

  5. Enlist others: It can be intimidating to approach a situation alone. Enlist another person to support you.

    • Ask someone to come with you to approach the person at risk. When it comes to expressing concern, sometimes there is power in numbers.

    • Ask someone to intervene in your place. For example, you could ask someone who knows the person at risk to escort them to the bathroom.

    • Enlist the friend of the person you’re concerned about. “Your friend looks like they’ve had a lot to drink. Can you check on them?”

    • https://www.rainn.org/articles/steps-you-can-take-prevent-sexual-assault

 

RESOURCES

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RAINN

RAINN is the United States's largest nonprofit sexual assault organization. They provide a 24/7 survivor hotline and many other important resources about sexual violence.

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It's On Us

It's On Us is a wonderful organization working to stop sexual assault. Visit their page to learn more about them.

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Tessa

Tessa is an organization founded in Colorado Springs, CO working to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. Visit their page for more resources and to learn more about them.

 
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