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Bystander Approach Teaches That Others Play Role In Preventing Sexual Violence

by Nancy Cohen, wbur (April 23, 2014)

BOSTON — Many colleges are reaching out to students to help stop sexual harassment and assault. They’re teaching what’s known as the “bystander approach,” which marks a shift from relying solely on women to protect themselves to the idea that bystanders, both men and women, have a role to play in preventing sexual violence.

Creating Active Bystanders 

On a weekend afternoon at Northeastern University earlier this month, a group of students held what they called a “Prevention Festival” — handing out chocolate ice cream, candy bars and pamphlets about sexual assault.

Bystander

Brandon Rigby, a 22-year-old accounting major who stopped by, was surprised to read in a pamphlet that one in five female students will be victims of sexual assault on college campuses.

“I would have thought it was much lower,” he said. “That’s pretty high.”

Published On: April 23, 2014 | Tags: ,,,,,
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