On Wednesday, Student Wellness & Health Promotion held a sexual assault prevention workshop with the specific aim to educate the public on the importance of bystander intervention.
“The goal of this is to challenge the understanding of what it means to be a bystander and to encourage people to become active, prosocial bystanders,” the event’s program stated.
While information in the form of statistics was provided throughout the evening, the structure was primarily conversational and example-based, with the role of the bystander in preventing sexual assault receiving particular emphasis.
“[The program] really put in perspective that you have to be aware of your surroundings,” junior Jillian Ballard said.
The workshop stressed that the information was important to all individuals, not just those in potentially dangerous situations where intervention could be necessary.
Senior Johnna Brooks agreed, saying “I found the presentation to be helpful. It brings a lot of things to light.”
The presentation gave common examples of potentially dangerous situations, and discussed how intervening in these situations in a subtle yet knowledgeable way can prevent sexual assault.
“I found the presentation to be helpful because it looked at preventing sexual assault from a different angle,” freshman Kayla Frazer said after the presentation. “All the discussions and resources so far have been aimed at keeping yourself safe and generally discussing and educating on the topic, but it was interesting and empowering to look at it from the angle of keeping other people safe.”
The university has continued its efforts in the 2017-2018 academic year to bring awareness to sexual assault and preventing future assaults among the student population. In addition to this workshop, other prevention and education measures have been taken, like Haven, an online sexual assault prevention program that incoming students participated in, and the “kNOw MORE” campaign. Other resources are readily available, such as the Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.) hotline provided 24/7 at 302-831-1001, for all university students.