Resources for Bystander Intervention

Link to NSVRC: "Bystander Intervention Resources"
Link to NSVRC: “Bystander Intervention Resources”

“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.” -Gandhi

Bystander intervention does not need to be a dramatic altercation. In fact, it rarely will be. It’s as simple as someone observing a potentially abusive situation and speaking up.

What is harassment? Hollaback! Boston answers:

  • Comments about someone’s appearance, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
  • Vulgar gestures
  • Sexually explicit comments (e.g., “Hey baby, I’d like a piece of that!”)
  • Leering
  • Whistling
  • Barking
  • Kissing noises
  • Following someone
  • Flashing or exposing oneself
  • Blocking someone’s path
  • Sexual touching or grabbing (e.g., touching someone’s legs, breasts or butt)
  • Public masturbation

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Hollaback! also gives lots of examples for how you can intervene and what to say as a bystander, including:

  •    “Hey, knock it off.”
  •     “Are you okay?”
  •     “Get away from her/him.”
  •     Go stand next to the person being targeted so they know they are not alone.
  •     Ask the target, “Are they bothering you?”
  •     Look disapprovingly at the person doing the harassing behavior.
  •     Offer to get off at the next stop with the target and catch the next train together.
  •     Don’t join in or laugh.
  •     Talk to your friend later about why you thought what they did or said was uncool and problematic.
  •     Ask the target if there is anything you can do to help.
  •     Tell the target that the harassing behavior wasn’t okay and you are sorry it happened.
  •     Call the police.
  •     Tell a transit authority worker.
  •     Text a friend who is on the subway with you and ask them to HELP!
  •     Make eye contact with some other bystanders and ask, “What should we do to help?”
  •     Offer the target your seat.
  •     Drop your bags to create a commotion.

What’s a green dot got to do with reducing violence in your community? Learn more at Live the Green Dot.

Related Posts:

Who Are You? Bystander Intervention

Harassment is Abuse

Harassment and the “Occupational Hazard of Being Female”

Preparing Your Daughter (and Son) for Street Harassment

Harassment Worldwide

“Stop Telling Women to Smile”

Project Guardian: the Transit Campaign Against Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment on Public Transport

  • Comments about someone’s appearance, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
  • Vulgar gestures
  • Sexually explicit comments (e.g., “Hey baby, I’d like a piece of that!”)
  • Leering
  • Whistling
  • Barking
  • Kissing noises
  • Following someone
  • Flashing or exposing oneself
  • Blocking someone’s path
  • Sexual touching or grabbing (e.g., touching someone’s legs, breasts or butt)
  • Public masturbation

– See more at: http://boston.ihollaback.org/campaigns/ive-got-your-back-2/#sthash.MrbSFKme.dpuf

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