By Monica on March 28, 2013 · tagged as , , ,

The challenge of engaging bystanders

blog screen shotWhen it comes to bystander engagement, we’re talking about addressing very difficult behaviors. The NSVRC blog Beyond Steubenville: Tools for Engaged Bystanders from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) gets to the core of the issue for bystanders and highlights the importance of how bystanders can prevent sexual violence and take action if they witness or hear an assault take place.  The Steubenville rape case shows us an example of where bystander intervention could have been used as a tool to prevent sexual assault.  According to Bringing in the Bystander and Mentors in Violence Prevention, safety is always important remember to consider:

  1. Is there a problem?  Does someone need help?
  2. What are my options? Is it safe for me to intervene?
  3. If not, take action by getting help.

For more resources on bystander intervention click here.


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Monica Duester started her internship with CALCASA in September 2012 and assists the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator and the Director of Advocacy Services. In 2008 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and is currently obtaining her MSW degree from California State University, Northridge. Monica has been working in the field of addiction treatment since 2009 as a Marketing Associate and Intake Counselor. She is enthusiastic about expanding her work experience to include being an advocate for sexual assault survivors.

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