Bystander intervention is one of the most effective ways to prevent sexual assault. An active bystander is someone who has the moral courage to find a way to safely intervene to stop a potentially dangerous situation. In a recent survey, of the 4% of Junior Enlisted respondents who observed a high risk situation that they believed was or could have led to sexual assault, 86% intervened.*
Safety is Your Top Priority
Before jumping into a potentially dangerous situation, be smart and think about your own safety.
Ask yourself these questions:
Aside from safety in numbers, you may have more influence on the situation when you work together with someone else or even several people.
The 3 "D"s of Bystander Invention
Remember the 3 "D"s in your role as an active bystander:
If you master the 3 "D"s, you will be better able to stop an assault when it's time to take action!
Ways to Be an Active Bystander
Here are three ways that you can "step up" to stop sexual assault:
Be aware of inappropriate touching, suggestive remarks, attempts to get someone alone, pressuring someone to drink, violent behavior, and targeting someone who is impaired.
Examples of Bystander Intervention
To learn more about the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, click here.
*Source: FY14 Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) Organizational Climate Survey
If you are a victim of sexual assault, there are a number of things you may want to consider doing to keep yourself safe and healthy.
Life in the Marine Corps can be hectic. We could all use a break every now and again to center ourselves and collect our thoughts. The Department of Defense Virtual Hope Box app can help you do just that.