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It's On Us: The Challenge

Bystander Intervention - The Challenge

CSB and SJU describe themselves as communities that are caring, hospitable, and welcoming. Whether that is real or not is dependent on our actions and behaviors, as well as how we react and intervene in problematic situations. 

Even in these communities, we have language, attitudes, actions, and behaviors that can lead to or possibly cause problematic, if not dangerous situations.  To truly be campuses with healthy and caring attitudes and practices and have a culture that is civil, respectful and non-violent, we need to have community members who are ready, willing and able to intervene in inappropriate, high risk or problematic situations. 

Engaging community members in intervening is the goal of bystander intervention programs.  Researchers have indicated that many alcohol, drug, violence (including sexual assault), discrimination and other type of negative actions are witnessed by people or are known by people not directly involved.  Helping community members understand that they have the potential to intervene, how to intervene, and that it can make a difference, can help us be the communities we want to be.  For more information click here.