be an active bystander
Being an active bystander in a situation is one of the best ways to prevent sexual violence. We can prevent sexual violence in our communities by intervening and interrupting the problem behavior. Problem behavior can be obvious sexual misconduct, or more subtle like when someone looks like they’re uncomfortable with the person they’re sitting with, or when someone makes an inappropriate comment.
At UM-Flint, we encourage students to utilize the "3 Ds" when intervening in a situation:
Direct- Confront the person being inappropriate and tell them they need to stop.
Distract- Be creative in ways to interrupt what is happening by being a distraction. Ask for directions, “accidentally” spill a drink, pretend to know the person who needs help to get them out.
Delegate- If you’re unsure of what to do, or don’t feel safe intervening on your own, ask for help. On campus this could be DPS, an RA, Human Resources, WEC staff, or just someone who may have a better handle on the situation.
um-flint peer educators
UM-Flint has a group of students called Peer Educators who are specifically trained to educate their peers about sexual assault, consent, and bystander intervention. Peer Educators are a group of diverse and passionate student leaders who engage their peers through trainings, workshops, and events. Check out our events page for upcoming Peer Educator events to get involved!