Bystander Intervention

Individuals are less likely to take action when they are in a group than if they are alone.  This is called the Bystander Effect; there is a feeling of diffused responsibility.  If you are in a situation that makes you uncomfortable but you are not sure how to intervene, try this method by the Step Up Program.  First be aware of your environment and the situation.  Second, examine the situation and determine if it could be problematic.  Third, don’t rely on someone else to intervene; assume responsibility.  Fourth, know how to help.  Finally, step up and do your part.

The Step Up Program was designed by the University of Arizona and the NCAA to raise awareness about why people sometimes don’t help in situations and increase motivation and skills to assist. The following are some of their resources.