Bystander intervention tips for spring break
While Spring Break is a time to take care of yourself, keep an eye out to help others as well.
Bystander Intervention Tip: According state and federal law, sexual assault can take many forms including Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment, Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Nonconsensual Sexual Contact, Nonconsensual Sexual Penetration, and Stalking.
Bystander Intervention Tip: Part of being a good bystander is having a sense of responsibility towards others and their safety. Consider asking your friend if you can check in on them later to make sure they’re home safe.
Bystander Intervention Tip: The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) advises to avoid blaming the victim or judging them. If someone discloses their experiences with sexual assault to you, they probably trust you. Honor their trust.
Bystander Intervention Tip: Call out what you saw. Make sure that no one drinks it without knowing that there is a mysterious substance placed in the drink. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Women’s Health explains that common date rape drugs, which can cause drowsiness, problems seeing, and memory loss come in a variety of forms. For example, Rohypnol usually takes the form of a dissolvable pill, while GHB and Ketamine can take the form of a liquid or powder.
Bystander Intervention Tip: Trust your gut. If something seems wrong, it probably is. Alert the authorities. The United Nations’ International Labor Organization reports approx. 20.9 million people are victims of human trafficking, which includes sex and labor slaves.