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Bystander Intervention


How to be an Active Bystander

        Ensuring that our campus community remains safe and respectful requires the effort of RMU staff and students:

  • Be Educated: Understand what gender discrimination and sexual misconduct are and know the signs. If you aren't sure,
    ask questions
  • Be Responsible: Know that you have the power to make a difference
  • Be Engaged: Do not assume that someone else will step in. Take responsibility, and act


Risk Reduction Tips:

  • If you have limits, make them known as early as possible
  • Take care of your friends and ask that they take care of you
  • Do not make assumptions about consent, about someone's sexual availability, about whether they are physically and/or mentally able to consent. If there are any questions or ambiguity, then you DO NOT have consent
  • Do not take advantage of someone's drunkenness or drugged state
  • Understand that consent to some form of sexual behavior does not automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual behavior
  • Silence and passivity cannot be interpreted as an indication of consent

Additional Resources

http://www.itsonus.org/                   
http://www.joinonelove.org/