University of Oregon

Bystander Intervention for Faculty and Staff

The University of Oregon prohibits all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence, which include, but are not limited to, the offenses of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. University officials respond swiftly to all reports of these incidents to provide support services for those who have experienced sexual or relationship violence or stalking; protect the rights of all students under our Title IX and Clery obligations; apply our Code of Conduct; and cooperate fully with law enforcement. 

Sexual violence affects everyone: individuals, families, communities and the larger society.  While some forms of sexual violence might not be illegal, such as sexist and sexually violent jokes, comments about someone’s appearance, sexual orientation or gender identity, catcalling, sexually explicit comments, and vulgar gestures, this does not make them any less threatening or harmful to the person victimized.  All of these behaviors contribute to a culture that accepts sexual violence.  Bystanders can speak up when they witness these actions in order to promote safety, respectful relationships and safer communities. 

Research has shown that, on the average, third parties (individuals who are neither the victims nor the perpetrators of violence) prevented injuries in 1.2 million violence victimizations annually between 1993 and 1999 (Planty, 2002). The term “bystander” is used to describe these third parties.  An engaged bystander is someone who intervenes before, during or after a situation when they see or hear behaviors that promote sexual violence.

What is Bystander Intervention?

Bystander intervention is safe and positive options that may be carried out by faculty and staff to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking.

Bystander intervention includes:

  • Recognizing situations of potential harm.
  • Understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence, overcoming barriers to intervening, identifying safe and effective intervention options, and taking actions to intervene.
  • Risk reduction: options designed to decrease perpetration and bystander inaction, and to increase empowerment for victims in order to promote safety and to help individuals and communities address conditions that facilitate violence.

The links below provide bystander intervention training and information for UO employees, including educational articles, resources, and tools and strategies. 

Training

Articles

Bystander Intervention Resources

Tools and Strategies

Resources


Questions or Comments: please contact the Clery Coordinator, 541-346-0670, monicah@uoregon.edu.

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References

Planty, M (2002).  Third-party involvement in violent crime, 1993-99 (NCJ 189100). Retrieved from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/tpivc99.pdf

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2013).  Engaging Bystanders to Prevent Sexual Violence.  Retrieved from the National Sexual Violence Center: http://www.nsvrc.org/sites/police.uoregon.edu/files/publications_nsvrc_bulletin_engaging-bystanders-prevent-sexual-violence_0.pdf