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Bystander Intervention is Community Care

Graphic of 6 white bystander intervention badges on a teal background with the text "our community, our responsibility." at the top.

Bystander intervention is a form of community care, it is one way we can show up for each other. TakeCareRU is Ryerson's bystander intervention community-created program that uses an intersectional, community-based approach. Through education, campaigns and workshops TakeCareRU strengthen campus members’ skills to recognize and respond to harm when they witness it. 

Sometimes when we witness harm we can feel frozen, unsure or worry that if we address it we could make it worse. TakeCareRU provides concrete options to act at the moment to address harm, directly and indirectly, address harm. We work with communities to build specific educational opportunities and campaigns that are tailored to your experiences. Contact us to work together osvse@ryerson.ca.

This is how we #TakeCareRU

At Ryerson, recognize and address harm.  If you are harmed or see someone being harmed, here are some ways you can intervene and follow-up. 

TakeCareRU campaign with the text "“She spilled her drink on them so I could slip away”,
Distract

We interrupt harmful actions or words before they escalate.

“She spilled her drink on them so I could slip away.”

TakeCareRu Campaign with the text "“My buddy pulled me aside and told me to stop”.
Call In

We talk directly to the person causing harm, letting them know why their words or actions aren’t okay.  

“My buddy pulled me aside and told me to stop.”

TakeCareRu Campaign with the text “He gently asked if I wanted him to get help.”
Check In

We ask the person harmed what they want in the moment, listen to the response and respect their decision.  

“He gently asked if I wanted him to get help.”

TakeCareRU Campaign with the text "“We used a signal when things got weird at a party.”
Safety Plan

Together with survivors, we think of ways to support them when they feel unsafe.  

“We used a signal when things got weird at a party.”

TakeCareRU Campaign with the text “They ran to get my friends to get me out of there.”
Get Help

We gather resources and support people to address the situation.

“They ran to get my friends to get me out of there.”

TakeCareRU campaign with the text “He texted to say he believed me.”
Be Brave

Begin by listening

Respect confidentiality

Ask what they need

Validate experiences

Empathize

“He texted to say he believed me.”

The ABC's of Bystander Intervention

ABC's of Bystander Intervention. 1. Access for safety. 2. Be with others. 3. Care for survivor.

ABC's of Bystander Intervention Infographic Text

A: Assess for safety. It may not be safe for you to intervene in the moment. You may need to check in with the survivor afterwards or get help by calling security.

B: Be with others. The more the merrier. It can be difficult to intervene when you are by yourself. Intervening alone may pose a greater risk to you and the survivor. Try to intervene with a buddy or be with others afterwards.

C: Care for the survivor. If you can connect the survivor to resources, that will help you and the survivor.

*ABC's of Bystander Intervention adapted from It's On Us Notre Dame.