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For Bystanders

There are many ways to prevent sexual assault, from ensuring doors are not propped open to speaking up when you witness a questionable interaction.

Determining whether there is a problem

Not knowing when to intervene is one of the main barriers to bystanders stepping up. Cues that a situation is concerning or becoming dangerous might be obvious or they might be more subtle. Some signs to look for:

How to intervene if there is a problem

Here are some general tips for initiating bystander interventions:

Some intervention strategies

Talk to a third person. Find a friend of one of the two people and talk about your concerns. Get a friend to step in with one person while you step in with the other.

Distract. Take one person aside and talk to him or her about anything. Your presence will help diffuse the situation.

Interrupt. Knock on the door or just walk in. It's better to interrupt a scene than stand around while someone is assaulted. Do anything to change the mood.