Are You a Bystander?

“That is none of my concern/business!”

“Someone else will help them.”

“Maybe they are playing around.”

“I don’t have enough time to help them, I am already late.”

“I am too weak to help.”

Have you ever thought these things after witnessing someone in need of help or support? Many of us do. The bystander effect is when a person observes someone in need of help and does not provide help.

Bystanders can address and prevent sexual assault, dating violence, and any other types of unhealthy behaviors by taking action. Unfortunately, it has become a common mentality amongst society when an individual witnesses an act of abuse to turn the other way.  Many bystanders believe that someone else will speak up causing them to not act on the behaviors they witness.

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