Definition of Bystander: Someone who witnesses a harmful or potentially harmful situation and does not respond or intervene.
Definition of Bystander Effect: Phenomenon that someone is less likely to intervene in a harmful situation when others are present than when the witness is alone.
Definition of Intervention: An act performed with the main goal being to help someone in need.
BYSTANDER INTERVENTION IN 3-STEPS:
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Anticipate problems/look for red flags
- Investigate an ambiguous event further, even if others appear unconcerned
- Ask others what they think
- Be mindful of peer pressure and be prepared to react to it
- Have the confidence to take a stand
- Choose to be respected, rather than liked
- If you are a victim, let someone know you need help
3. Act Swifly
- Don’t assume someone else will do something. Take it upon yourself to stand up.
- Publicly state your intention to help. You can decide later if intervention is unnecessary.
- Enlist others to stand up (i.e. I’ll do A, you do B.)
- If it is safe, implement the most appropriate strategies for intervention