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WHAT

WE CAN DO
BYSTANDERS: INTERVENE!
According to a 2009 questionnaire of 488 students at a
central California university:

Biggest reasons bystanders dont intervene MEN often DONT INTERVENE if they think the victim:
in an assault: is dressed in provocative clothes
Didnt even notice has been acting provocatively
Didnt see it as a risk / problem was intoxicated2
Didnt take responsibility These are NOT excuses
Lack of skills/knowledge to intervene2 for sexual assault!
Dont be a victim to
Bystanders intervene MORE if they KNOW the victim or perpetrator2 these harmful beliefs!

UNIVERSITIES: STUDENTS:
IMPLEMENT sexual assault prevention programs EDUCATE YOURSELF on factors and
with strategies for victims, perpetrators, and circumstances that increase risk. Attend
bystanders, with alcohol education programs10 sexual assault prevention programs and
PROMOTE culture changes for men, especially acquire the skills and knowledge that will
fraternities and athletic groups help you STOP sexual assault
EDUCATE students about sexual assault statistics, REALIZE that sexual assault means any
risk factors, and success stories3 situation where the victim doesnt give
ENCOURAGE reporting and provide health consent, including when a woman is too
services for victims8 intoxicated to give consent
OFFER confidential methods, personal contacts, INTERVENE in situations that look
and accessible information for reporting8 suspicious
RISE above rape myths and victim-blaming
TALK about sexual assault
CREATE an atmosphere that discourages
attitudes of misogyny and aggression and

encourages empathy, safety, and equality

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2. Burn, S. M. (2009). A situational model of sexual assault prevention through bystander
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digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1030&context=psycd_fac
3. Krebs, C., Lindquist, C., Barrick, K. (2010, November 30). The Historically Black College and University Campus Sexual Assault (HBCU-CSA) Study. Prepared for
the National Institute of Justice. (Report No. 221153). Retrieved from www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/233614.pdf
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10. Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (2013, October 1). Michigan State University. Retrieved from: http://police.msu.edu/wp-
content/uploads/2014/09/asfsreport2013.pdf