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Consent Comes First

Our Community. Our Responsibility. Ryerson is committed to fostering a campus where consent comes first. Together we support survivors when they disclose, prevent and address sexual violence.  We learn about the issue, contribute to the conversation and are part of the change on campus.

This is how we #TakeCareRU

At Ryerson, we take care of each other. If you are harmed or see someone being harmed, here are some ways you can intervene and follow-up.

Poster. Distract intervention. 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.”

Poster. 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.”

Poster. 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.”

Poster, we used a signal when it 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.”
 

Poster, they ran to mind 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.”

Poster. She texted to say that she 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

  • 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.