Bystander Intervention

The following video points out many ways to intervene in multiple risky environments. It also shows many everyday situations that you can intervene in so that we can begin to break apart the culture that sustains rape. It is important to note that everyone will not feel comfortable intervening at the same time or in the same ways. (Video concept ideas were taken from University of Oregon.)

Bystander Intervention

Steps to Intervening

  • Notice the event & recognize it as a risky situation.
  • Assume personal responsibility to help instead of waiting for others to intervene and resist the urge to conform to the thought “It’s none of my business.”
  • Know how to safely intervene and follow through.

96% of UWF students reported that they intervene when they see a situation in which it looks like a woman will be taken advantage of!

We are proud to say that UWF students are already doing their part to change the culture! We ask that you keep it up and consider all the ways in which we can intervene to prevent sexual violence.

How to Help

Guidelines for Helping After an Assault

  • DO believe them let them know it's not their fault
  • DO respect boundaries by giving your friend or loved one personal comfort space
  • DO listen to what they feel comfortable sharing
  • DO ask them how they'd like you to help
  • DO provide information about how to connect with Counseling and Psychological Services OLD and offer to come along
  • DO allow them to make personal decisions about how to proceed
  • DO support their choices, even if you disagree with them
  • DO offer to connect them with the Dean of Students if they are experiencing academic problems as a result of experiencing a sexual assault
  • DO connect them with Lakeview's Rape Crisis Center for support and guidance (850-433-7273)
  • DON'T assume you can give a hug or sit too closely to them
  • DON'T make statements or ask questions that imply it's their fault (e.g. "You shouldn't drink so much")
  • DON'T ask for details!
  • DON'T assume you know what would be best for them
  • DON'T tell them what to do (e.g. "You have to report this")
  • DON'T be judgmental if they respond differently than you'd prefer. It is very normal for victims to decide not to report or to delay seeking counseling
  • DON'T tell someone else's private story. If you are upset yourself and need someone to talk to, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services OLD.