In an effort to reduce the risk of sexual harassment or sexual assault and intimate partner violence, Michigan Tech utilizes a range of campaigns, strategies, and initiatives to promote awareness, education, risk reduction, and prevention programming and training.
Bystander engagement is highly encouraged through safe and positive intervention techniques and by empowering third-party intervention and prevention such as calling for help, identifying allies, and/or creating distractions. Bystander intervention is also referred to as being an Upstander.
Here are some Steps You Can Take to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault from the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
Bringing in the Bystander
Bringing in the Bystander is a peer-to-peer training program that was implemented in the Fall of 2019. This training offers a 4.5 hour interactive workshop that allows students to practice their skills in bystander intervention and an opportunity to learn more about the dynamics of sexual and intimate partner violence.
Your Actions Matter
Whether or not you were able to change the outcome, by stepping in your are helping to change the way people think about their role in preventing sexual assault/violence. If you suspect that someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are steps you can take to support that person.
To speak with someone who is trained to help, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or chat online at online.rainn.org.
Source: Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)