Bystander Intervention Training

 “When you see something, say something,” sounds simple, but intervention can be tricky in practice. What should you watch out for? What exactly should you say?

During this highly interactive and inspiring 1.5-hour training program, you will learn how to recognize early and subtle warning signs of assault, harassment and abuse, and feel confident speaking up and stepping in to help others.

Bystander intervention shifts the responsibility to everyone, discourages victim-blaming and offers everyone the skills and knowledge to change cultural norms.

Training Covers

  • Definitions and examples

  • Myths vs. Realities and the law

  • How to recognize early warnings

  • What you can do to safely and effectively intervene

  • How to spread awareness after training

Why It’s Revolutionary

  • Shifts the responsibility to everyone

  • Discourages victim-blaming

  • Offers everyone the chance to change cultural norms

How it works

Our program facilitator integrates your organization’s policies, procedures, and values into our program to create a training tailored to your unique audience and goals. Then, we provide a highly-participatory Bystander Intervention training at your chosen location, which includes group interaction, relatable examples, practice scenarios, skill-building exercises, and ample time for Q&A. These programs are inspiring and highly effective.


Why it works

Instead of telling people what not to do, bystander intervention training teaches everyone what to do in uncomfortable situations. By shifting the focus and responsibility to everyone, our approach discourages victim-blaming and offers everyone a chance to change norms.

Bystander Intervention FAQ

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 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

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.

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.

Proud Partners

The following organizations proudly provide this empowerment program for their people.