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Coordinated Community Response Team

Active Bystander

What is an active bystander?
Active bystanders:

Recognizing/assess the situation

Talking with a Perpetrator
Be firm!
“What you said earlier really bothered me...” 
“I don’t like what you just did.” 
“I know you well enough to know that you would not want to hurt someone...” 
“I wonder if you realize how that feels/comes across.” 
“How would you feel if someone did that to your sister?” 
“I am saying something because I care about you...”

Talking with a Survivor
Approach everyone as a friend!
“Do you need help?” 
“Do you want me to call someone for you?” 
“What can I do to help you?” 
“Can I walk you home?” 
“Do you want me to talk to so-and-so for you?” 
“Is everything OK?” 
“Should I call the police?” 
“Are you alright?”

How to Helping a Friend


Active Bystander Care

Remember that coping with sexual assault is a long-term process.


* Adapted from University of New Hampshire's “Bringing in the Bystander.” More information is available from: http://www.unh.edu/preventioninnovations



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