Knowing the difference between a bystander and an empowered bystander can equip us to take action for a safer Spartan community.
A person who is present at an event or incident but does not take part.
Someone who witnesses potentially harmful behavior and takes action that has the potential to lead to a positive outcome.
Proactive: Stepping in / Directly intervene
Partner: Getting someone else involved
Divert: Distraction/Alleviate situation
The 5 Decision Making Steps
- Notice the Event
PAY ATTENTION to what is going on around you.
- Interpret the Event as a Problem/Emergency
Is it a problem? Is it not?
- Assume Personal Responsibility
Research shows that if you are alone you will help 80% of the time but if you are in a group you will help only 20% of the time because of diffusion of responsibility – you think someone else will do something. But if not you, then who? Do not assume someone else will do something!
- Know How To Help
Many times people WANT to help but they either don’t know what to do (knowledge) in a particular situation or how to do it (skills). Help can be direct or indirect.
NEVER put yourself in harm’s way but again, DO SOMETHING! Be prepared – think about what you would do so when and if that situation arises. Know your resources, call UPD and inform them about suspicious activity.
- Step Up
We want to Step Up so we can implement help. It is important to Step Up because we as a community should look out for one another.
See something. Say something.