You may find yourself in a situation where you can help prevent sexual violence. Even if you don’t know the person involved, you can still help. Just remember these three options: Be direct (ask if they need help), distract (get the person away from the situation) or delegate (get help from someone else). Remember: You are capable just as you are right now to help end violence.
Whether you notice someone in distress at a party, or you’re worried that a friend might be in an abusive relationship – check in with them. Ask them if they need help. Be direct.
Ask the person:
If you notice someone is being pursued (physically or verbally), and looks uncomfortable, provide a moment of misdirection for them. It could give them the out they need to get away and be safe.
Say to the person:
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If you’re hesitant to say something because you don’t know the person that well, or if getting involved feels unsafe, you can delegate. Get help from an authority figure, or a friend of the person you’re concerned about. You can also call the police or tell your RA. Contact the CARE advocate, or a counselor, or use the resources below:
Confidential UCR Resources
Adapted from the Green Dot approach to bystander intervention.