Have you ever been in a situation where something just did not feel right, but you were unsure how to respond? Many incidents of violence and harm occur in the presence of bystanders — people who witness an incident but are not directly involved.
Bystander intervention is the interruption of potential harm or violence by someone who witnesses the incident. It is also referred to as being an active bystander— someone who notices the potential for harm to occur and takes action to interrupt the situation and prevent harm. Bystander intervention is also leadership and helping behavior. You are in a great position to role model helping behavior in order to make our campus safer for everyone.