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.
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.”