What is Bystander Intervention all about?
Bystander Intervention is all about getting past what is known as the bystander effect. The bystander effect refers to the phenomenon in which the greater the number of people present, the less likely people are to help a person in distress. Combating the bystander effect is important on a college campus as there are a lot of people present; this increases the likelihood that someone won't step up to intervene if someone is in distress or needs help.
When an emergency situation occurs, observers are more likely to take action if there are few or no other witnesses. As there are few times in campus life where there aren't others around, it's important to teach skills in developing awareness, effective helping and empowerment to STEP UP!
What can I do to develop my skills?
There are many opportunities to develop skills to be an effective bystander. Several Student Affairs offices and staff members can direct you to additional resources. Contact us to begin learning more.