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What Is Bystander Intervention?

Bystander Intervention is a sexual violence prevention program that focuses on the importance of prosocial bystander behaviors. The program seeks to empower Boston College students to identify sexual violence as a form of oppression and intervene as a prosocial bystander to prevent oppression. Additionally, Bystander Intervention works to promote healthy relationships and bodily autonomy. 

Program Objectives

As a result of participating in Bystander Intervention education, students will be able to:

  • Define sexual violence and identify examples of it
  • Articulate ways that they can actively prevent situations that might lead to sexual violence or any other form of oppression
  • Develop personal plans to combat situations that could lead to sexual violence or any other form of oppression
  • Acknowledge the difference between appropriate behaviors, jokes, and images, and those which stem from prejudice and oppression
  • Identify their own boundaries and know when to ask for help from more experienced professionals
  • Know the professional resources available to students on BC’s campus, such as the CARE Team and SANet

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