Our programs make you feel empowered and equipped with the skills and knowledge to create and protect a safe and inclusive community. Learn how to recognize early, subtle warning signs of assault, harassment, abuse and discrimination, and know what to do and say to intervene safely and effectively to help others.
Bystander Intervention Training: Learn how to recognize the obvious and subtle forms of assault, harassment or abuse and feel confident about speaking up. This in turn creates a positive culture of inclusivity, mutual support, accountability, and personal empowerment.
Bias Awareness & Prevention: This training creates a safe space for learning about personal bias, the effects of that bias, and strategies for evolving beyond bias in a constructive manner. Participants engage in personal reflection, group discussion, and breakdowns of some of the most confounding terms and concepts.
Who is a bystander?
Bystanders are individuals who observe violence or witness the conditions that perpetuate violence. They are not directly involved but are potentially in a position to discourage, prevent, or interrupt an incident
What is Bystander Intervention Training?
The goal of our “Break the Silence” Bystander Intervention Trainings is to make participants feel empowered and equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively assist in the prevention of sexual violence.
Why does Bystander Intervention Training work?
Old school prevention trainings tell you what not to do. Bystander intervention training shifts the focus by teaching good people what to do in an uncomfortable situation, and good people vastly outnumber bad actors.
There are literally hundreds of little comments, harassments, and other forms of abuse that lead up to what we think of as the sexually violent act; therefore, bystanders have time to intervene and work to prevent sexual violence from occurring.
What is covered during Bystander Intervention Training?
Safe and positive ways to prevent or intervene when there is a risk for sexual violence. We give community members specific roles that they can use in preventing sexual violence, including:
- Naming and stopping situations that could lead to sexual violence before it happens
- Stepping in during an incident
- Speaking out against ideas and behaviors that support sexual violence
- How to be an effective and supportive ally to survivors after an assault has taken place
Why is bystander intervention training important?
At least one in three women and one in six men will experience some form of sexual assault or abuse in their lifetimes. [UN Women] Moreover, many young people experience sexual violence. In a recent survey of more than 1,400 seventh graders, 49% of respondents had been sexually harassed either physically or verbally in the past six months. [New York State Health Publications] These statistics reveal that sexual violence is a prevalent issue which must be addressed by our society.
When you see something, say something,” sounds simple, but intervention can be tricky in practice. Most people who witness violence do nothing and assume someone else will help.
Bystander Intervention training empowers good people with the knowledge and skills to effectively assist in preventing sexual violence and discrimination.
Expertise and Effectiveness
Our facilitators have hundreds of hours of prevention education training and utilize highly effective, engaging methods of teaching and conversation facilitation to ensure participants understand how to create and maintain a safe community and actively contribute to equal opportunity for all.
Lead Facilitator and Program Developer, Corielle Heath Laaspere, is the Founder and President of liftUPlift Worldwide. She is a Sexual Violence Prevention Educator with over 10-years of experience and 120-hours of Facilitator training. She holds dual degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Lehigh University and a M.A. in Public Relations from the University of Southern California.
- Take a clear stand against harassment and for equality.
- Proactively educate and empower your employees to behave appropriately and speak up about violations.
- Create a positive culture of inclusivity, mutual support, accountability, and personal empowerment.
- Understanding of myths vs. facts and the law regarding assault, harassment and discrimination.
- Feeling of empowerment and confidence to speak up.
- Pride in being part of a community with a proactive approach to social responsibility.