Bystander Intervention is Community Care
Bystander intervention is a form of community care, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
The ABC's of Bystander Intervention
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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.