Being an active bystander means taking action in a risky situation…like in instances of bullying, sexual harassment or assault, discrimination, alcohol abuse, etc. You might think that this comes easy and say to yourself: “Someone is bound to step up and take action if there is trouble.” However, that isn’t necessarily the case. It turns out that we tend to make decisions and behave in ways based on the reactions we get from others. The bystander effect refers to the phenomenon in which someone is less likely to intervene in a problem situation when others are present. The more people around, the less likely we are to act!
SWI is working to ensure that FLC is a community of active bystanders. We encourage you to take advantage of our in-person active bystander trainings and review our list of resources below. Contact the SWI Coordinator for more info!