Bystander Trainers

Our research has shown that students who attend a Bystander presentation are more likely to intervene in questionable situations that could lead to sexual assault. We have also found that the message of Bystander is best received when it is presented by a peer.  This is why Bystander trainers are so important! Bystander trainers give an hour and fifteen minute-long Bystander presentation to peers in classes and residence halls, attend continuing education meetings to gain a broader understanding of sexual assault on college campuses, and serve as role models of proactive Bystanders in everyday life.

About Bystander Advocates

Our advocacy team is made up of passionate students who want to create change within the Boston College community around sexual violence through putting on programs or through advocacy work to raise awareness. The advocacy team attends the weekly Bystander meeting on Wednesdays but also will meet outside of that time to brainstorm and plan events. 

Responsibilities of Bystander Team Members

Our continuing education meetings are on Wednesdays from 7:00–8:00 p.m., and all trainers are expected to attend. Our Wednesday meetings provide the space to build community, support each other, discuss current events related to sexual assault, and learn more from guest speakers. Outside of the continuing education commitment, we ask that each Bystander trainer give at least two presentations per semester, and advocacy team members put on two events per semester.

Characteristics of Bystander Team Members

We are looking for students who are:

  • Passionate about sexual assault prevention
  • Personally willing to speak up or intervene in difficult situations
  • Comfortable with public speaking (or willing to learn)
  • Mature, responsible, and reliable
  • Able to make the time commitment

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Bystander Team. Our application process for the 2019–2020 school year is currently closed.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at bystand@bc.edu.