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Bystander Intervention Presentation: Making Your Community Safer

Request a presentation to have professional staff come to discuss the bystander effect and the role it plays on whether or not individuals are activated to intervene in problematic or emergency situations.

Learn to identify situations which require response and intervention and develop the skills, language, and knowledge necessary to step in safely and make SDSU a safer place for everyone!

Presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.

Find out how to schedule this presentation for your student group!

 

What is the Bystander Effect?

"The term bystander effect refers to the phenomenon in which the greater the number of people present, the less likely people are to help a person in distress. When an emergency situation occurs, observers are more likely to take action if there are few or no other witnesses. Being part of a large crowd can make it so no single person has to take responsibility for an action (or inaction)." 

  — from "The Bystander Effect: Why Bystanders Sometimes Fail to Help"

Be a good neighbor!

Please, help those you see in need. Reach out and step in whenever you can. If you don't feel you can do so you can indirectly intervene by getting an RA or a staff member to help out.

Let's all be good neighbors and make this a more healthy and safe community!

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San Diego State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. The safety of our students is our highest priority, and we are committed to ensuring that sexual violence stops on our campus and in the broader society. [more]