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Bystander Intervention – Be a WIThero
Practice these four bystander intervention techniques to protect your community.
- Don't participate in sexist conversation. Don't laugh at rape jokes.
- Change the subject when you hear sexist or rape-supportive comments.
- Address it. Tell your friends that sexist or rape-supportive comments are not okay.
- Watch for signs of predatory behavior. Intervene to prevent a sexual assault from taking place.
The Office of Wellness Education is excited to continue “Be a WIThero,” an original social marketing campaign addressing sexual assault at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Sexual assault is a serious issue at every institution of higher education. Bystander intervention education is recommended by Title IX and the American College Health Association as an effective form of primary prevention. “Be a WIThero” is an original bystander education program that acknowledges and responds directly to the concerns, anxieties, and hopes of Wentworth students regarding sexual assault prevention. “Be a WIThero” integrates bystander intervention training, peer education, speakers and events, with consistent campus- and web-based media messaging.
The goal of this program is to empower students to create a safer, healthier, and more supportive campus environment. By changing campus culture, “Be a WIThero” ultimately aims to reduce rates of sexual assault and increase rates of reporting at Wentworth.
For more information about becoming a WITHero, visit http://blogs.wit.edu/withero/.