As members of the John Carroll community we all have a role to play in helping to shift social norms and reduce violence. We can all make a choice to intervene when we see a potentially harmful situation or speak up when we here remarks that reinforce gender stereotypes, rape culture, or are potentially harmful.

What is Bystander Intervention?

Bystander Intervention involves developing the awareness, skills, and courage needed to intervene in a situation when another individual needs help. Bystander intervention allows individuals to send powerful messages about what is acceptable and expected behavior in our community.

5- step decision making model:

  1. Notice the event
  2. Interpret the event as a problem
  3. Take personal responsibility to intervene
  4. Decide how you are going to intervene
  5. Intervene

The three “D’s” of Bystander Intervention:

Direct – Directly intervening, in the moment, to prevent a problem situation from happening

Delegate – Seeking help from another individual, often someone who is authorized to represent others, such as a police officer or campus official.

Distract – Interrupting the situation without directly confronting the offender.

Intervention tips:

– Do not put yourself at risk.  If you, or someone else is in imminent danger call JCU PD at 216-397-1234.

– Trust your instincts.  If something doesn’t seem right, check-in with the situation or with friends.