Be the Change
Tips for Intervening No two situations are the same. To intervene effectively, you will need to assess what’s happening and figure out the best way to approach it.
Here are a few types of intervention you can try:
Trust yourself: Listen to your instincts. If others are ignoring a potential sexual assault, maybe you can be the one to intervene.
Distract: Try to engage the potential perpetrator by interrupting, changing the subject, asking for their help with something, etc. Give the target time to walk away or link up with other friends.
Call it like you see it: Be direct, but not confrontational. Naming the behavior may be enough to stop a potential perpetrator. Use non-verbal cues: A pointed stare or change in your body language (like moving to stand with a potential target) may interrupt what is happening.
Defuse: Use humor to de-escalate a situation. It may feel like you’re making light of what’s happening, but a joke can take the edge off a situation or break the tension.
Recruit help: Get a friend or two to intervene with you.
Know when to hold back: Remember that your safety comes first. For more ideas about how to intervene, check out these links for help and guidance.
Know Your Power - A campaign from The University of New Hampshire Information, resources and a bystander’s “playbook” from William & Mary College.
Circle of 6 - An app designed to help you stay safe, stay connected, and prevent violence before it happens.
TPN can help you sort out who to tell, and when. And remember, while you are figuring this out, you can call