Bystander Information

Direct. Distract. Delegate.

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.

Ask yourself:

    • Could I play a role here? 
    • If no one intervenes, what will happen? 
    • What are my options? What are the risks? 
    • Is someone else better placed to respond? Who? 
    • Can I be direct, delegate or distract?


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:

  • “Are you okay?”
  • “I’m worried about you. Do you need help?”
  • “Is something going on?”
  • “Is there someone I can call for you?”
  • “Do you have a ride?”


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:

  • "Hey, I think someone outside is looking for you."
  • "Did you drop your phone/keys/wallet back there? I’ll show you."
  • “Do you know where the _____ is? Can you show me?”

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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

24-Hour Resources

Take a Stand


Adapted from the Green Dot approach to bystander intervention.



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