How To Be An Active Bystander

groupBeing an active bystander means intervening when you notice something is wrong or could go wrong on campus or in the community. Try using these tips to help you be an active bystander.

1. Intervene in any way you can when you see a bad situation developing.
If it is safe, diffuse the situation by calling it out or using a distraction strategy. Feel free to enlist the help from nearby friends or community members. If the situation is unsafe, call Bowdoin Security's emergency number at 207-725-3500 or the Brunswick Police by dialing 911.

2. Trust your gut
If something looks like a bad situation, it probably is. It is better to stop something than to let a sketchy situation progress.

3. If you don't know, ASK
Ask someone who looks like they may need help if they are okay.

4. Keep an eye on someone who has had too much to drink
If you see someone who is too intoxicated to consent, ask their friends to help them get them home safely. If their friends are nowhere to be found, bring them home or stay with them and reach out to a residential life member or call Bowdoin Security at 207-725-3500.

5. Recognize the potential danger if someone is targeting someone else at a party
If someone is deliberately trying to intoxicate, isolate, corner, or coerce someone else, do one of the following: create a distraction, draw attention to the situation, or separate the people you are concerned about.

6. If someone tells you they have been assaulted, respond.
If someone discloses a sexual assault or a situation that made them uncomfortable, do not blame them for it or minimize the situation. Encourage them to do one or more of the following: report the incident, get medical care if necessary, and/or seek out resources.