WAYS TO INTERVENE
Step Up and Make a Difference
Be aware: Notice if someone is making inappropriate or unwanted advances
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.
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?”
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.
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?”