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In the Victim Advocate Program, we are dedicated to raising awareness and fostering a safer campus environment. Our team offers engaging presentations on a variety of crucial topics, including but not limited to:

  • Consent

  • Bystander Intervention

  • Supporting Survivors

  • Healthy Relationships

  • Relationship Violence

  • Stalking

  • Sexual Violence

Bystander Intervention: In today's world, the responsibility to ensure collective safety falls on each and every one of us. Explore these valuable insights and tips offered to empower you as a responsible bystander.

  • When you're out with friends, it's essential to maintain a sense of unity and security. Stay connected throughout the event and even after leaving.

    Vigilance is your ally; trust your instincts, for if something doesn't feel right, it likely isn't.
  • Group of female friends laughing and walking together outdoors in the city.

Remember The Three "D's" Of Being A Good Bystander!: By familiarizing yourself with the "Direct, Delegate, and Distract" approaches, you can become a valuable asset in creating a safer and more supportive campus environment for all.

  • 1. Direct Intervention

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    Taking Immediate Action

    Direct intervention involves stepping into a situation by addressing the people involved head-on, often requiring assertiveness and quick thinking to to achieve a positive outcome.

    You can take direct action with confidence by doing actions, such as:

    » Asking if someone is okay: Approach individuals who appear distressed or in need of help and offer assistance.

    » Escorting an intoxicated friend: If a friend has had too much to drink, ensure their safety by guiding them out of a party or social event.

    » Challenging offensive behavior: Politely but firmly address offensive jokes or comments made by someone to promote a respectful environment.

    » Intervening in conflicts: Step in to mediate or defuse arguments or confrontations between others to prevent escalation.

    » Preventing bullying: Speak up when you witness bullying or harassment and offer support to the victim.

    » Standing against discrimination: Actively oppose discriminatory behavior or actions when you encounter them.
  • 2. Delegate Intervention

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    Seeking Support

    Delegate intervention is a smart approach when you feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or ill-equipped to intervene personally. You can seek assistance from someone better suited for the situation

    You can effectively enlist assistance through various means, such as:

    Involving campus security: If you witness aggressive or dangerous behavior, call campus security to remove someone who is being aggressive and handle the situation professionally.

    » Seeking assistance from Resident Assistants (RAs): If you're concerned about a roommate's well-being or relationship, inform your Resident Advisor, who can provide appropriate guidance and support.

    » Engaging a closer friend: When you're not in the best position to assist someone, enlist a friend who has a closer relationship with them to check in on their welfare.

    » Utilizing campus resources: Direct individuals in need to campus counseling services, health centers, or other relevant support structures.

    Counseling Services
    Student Health Services

    » Reporting safety concerns: If you notice unsafe conditions or potential hazards on campus, report them to campus authorities or facilities management.

    Title IX
    Department of Campus Safety & Security (FAMU PD)
  • 3. Distract Intervention

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    Diversion Strategies

    Distracting involves using clever tactics to create interventions, redirecting attention away from a potentially problematic situation, and ultimately helping to de-escalate it.

    You can utilize creative methods to intervene effectively, including:

    » Engaging in friendly conversation: Strike up a conversation with someone who seems uncomfortable, diverting their focus from a distressing person or situation.

    » Creating a diversion: Spill a harmless substance, like water, near individuals involved in an argument to distract and defuse tension.

    » Pretending to know someone: If you see someone who appears to be feeling uncomfortable around another person or situation, approach them and pretend to know them, giving them an opportunity to gracefully exit the situation.

    » Offering assistance: Approach someone who appears uncomfortable and ask if they can help you with a task, like finding your keys or a lost item.

    » Using humor: Employ humor to lighten the mood and ease tension in awkward or uncomfortable situations.

Upcoming Events

First-Year Students

A required seminar covering Title IX, bystander intervention, and campus resources will be held early in the Fall 2021 semester. If you are a student survivor concerned about attending this training, please contact the victim advocate to discuss options.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

More details will be coming soon!