We have the power to prevent sexual violence. Northeastern’s Up2US program teaches Northeastern Community members to: Assess a situation (Does it warrant intervention?), choose a strategy (How do you actually intervene?), and take action.
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One of the most effective strategies used to prevent incidences of sexual violence involves mobilizing bystanders to intervene. Notice when something “feels off.” Intervene in the situation in a way that feels comfortable to you. How you decide to intervene might change depending on your personality or identity or how comfortable or safe you feel in the particular environment. If a situation feels dangerous, you may want to recruit help from a professional.
Here are some strategies:
|Speak up: Many perpetrators hold hostile attitudes about others, have beliefs about people “owing” sex, and see others as sexual commodities. By countering these types of attitudes and/ or comments that reflect them, you communicate that disrespect is not tolerated here.||
Intervention usually only takes a few minutes and can make a huge difference in someone’s life. To see intervention in action, check out this video made by Cornell University about how to intervene in a variety of different scenarios related to sexual assault, harassment, discrimination, mental health, hazing, alcohol poisoning, and domestic violence.