Title IX #9: Bystander Intervention
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Title IX #9: Bystander Intervention


RUSS: Uh… I don’t know. What time will it be? MARY: I think around seven. It might be fun. We might actually win this time. RUSS: (Laughs) Like I care. ROXANNE: No Jeff, you’ve
gone too far! We had plans together!
MARY: Gee. That doesn’t sound so good. Just avoid eye contact and keep moving. RUSS: No no, I think he
really needs our help. ROXANNE: I love you, and I know you still love me! And Amanda is just confusing you. Once she’s out of the picture…
RUSS: Hey, are you okay? ROXANNE: Yeah, we’re fine. Just talking. RUSS: You sure? JEFF: No. Can you please call campus security? RUSS: I don’t know if I have the number… MARY: I’ve got it. HOST:
See something, say something. It’s a phrase you’ve probably heard before, but it isn’t always easy. Getting involved in a situation that doesn’t directly involve you can be difficult, or awkward. And it’s easy to find a million excuses not to help. MADISON: I think a
main reason why people are afraid to intervene is because of confrontation. A lot of people are afraid of just, like, going outside their bubble and talking to someone. Even if it’s someone they
do know. ELIZABETH: We’re taught
that it’s not polite to deal with other peoples’
personal business. “Oh, that’s their issue.” “We shouldn’t, you know,
intervene.” “That’s not us.” “We need to talk away, look away, don’t hurt someone else’s feelings, you’re being rude.” HERIBERTO: We just
get into this, like, attack mode, you know, and “Get out of my face,” you know, and “I don’t need your help.” And so it’s really hard and complicated, to… to go into someone else’s business, you know? RYAN: Oh yeah, that was… that was a good scene. GINA: Yeah. Hey, maybe we should go bail her out. She seems kinda out of it. Hey, Lily! RYAN: Hey, guys. Mind if we jump in? LILY: Uh, not at all! RYAN: Lily, never though I’d see you playing flip-cup. It’s not really our game. GINA: (Laughs) Not at all. Hey, Lily. You wanna go get some
water or something? LILY: Um… yeah, okay. RYAN: Just a sec,
stay close. Hey, man. She looks pretty drunk. Gina’s a designated driver. We can take her home. MARK: We’re good. I’m just taking her to my
room to lay down. Mind your own business. GINA: It’s no bother, we were going home
soon anyway. Why don’t we go find Amanda and go? LILY: That would be great.
Thanks. Bye, Mark. HOST: You may think it isn’t your business, or that you don’t know enough about the situation to judge. Maybe you just don’t feel sure enough about the threat to
do anything. Abuse if never okay, though. No matter what the context of the situation is. And while you should always stay safe, something as simple as an anonymous call to campus security or the police won’t hurt anyone. And it might be all it takes to get someone out of
harm’s way. MIGUEL: Just calling 9-1-1, or going to the proper authorities to help that person. MADISON: I feel that if you kind of go in alone, you could get injured. You don’t know what these people are
capable of. So it’s always better to find someone of higher authority, or call the police. ARIEL: I think it’s a great opportunity for you to look around, wherever campus you’re at, to get the security campus number in your phone. In case you do come upon something that’s a little
bit off, you can just– you don’t even have to try and get a friend, you can just, like, text or call and say, “Hey this is happening in
this location.” And you can help. PAM: Hey, guys. BYSTANDER: Yeah.
PAM: This guy’s getting really aggressive with this girl
over there, will you come with me and check if she’s okay?
BYSTANDERS: Yeah, let’s go. SHERRI: Please let go of me! HOST: Every situation is different. And there is no universal response when intervening to prevent sexual violence. Safety is key in deciding when and how to respond to sexual violence. Every person must decide for themselves the safest and most meaningful way to become an engaged bystander. Practice what you might say with friends and family. And when intervening, always be respectful, direct, and honest. If you would like more information on how you can help prevent these types
of situations, contact campus security. The college even offers bystander intervention training to help ensure that everyone in the campus
community is invested in creating a safe campus environment, for
themselves and others. ELIZABETH: You should
always help someone, because you never know what’s gonna happen tomorrow, you never know what’s gonna happen two hours from now. You could’ve been the person that stopped something tragic from happening. And… you just never know. HERIBERTO: I mean, there is chances that sometimes you will get rejected, your help will
get rejected, you know, but at least at the end of the day, you’ll feel and you’ll know that you’re doing the right thing. MIGUEL: Because you wouldn’t
want that to happen to you or someone you love.

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