Lifestyles Center Blog

SURVIVOR SERIES: BEING A GOOD BYSTANDER

Unfortunately being a good bystander and speaking up for what’s right or on someone else’s behalf can be tough. Here are some tips to help you be the best bystander that you can be!

STRATEGIES IN THE MOMENT

  • Name or acknowledge an offense
  • Point to the “elephant in the room”
  • Interrupt the behavior
  • Publicly support an aggrieved person
  • Use body language to show disapproval
  • Use humor (with care)
  • Encourage dialogue
  • Help calm strong feelings
  • Call for help

STRATEGIES AFTER THE FACT

  • Privately support an upset person
  • Talk privately with inappropriate actor
  • Report incident, with or without names

For more great information on being a good bystander and speaking up go to:

http://web.mit.edu/bystanders/assessing/index.html

Jessica Sauerwald, Peer Educator