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How Can I Speak Up?

Trust the voice within yourself.

Acknowledge the situation.

This means as an active bystander you must always pay attention to your environment so that you are ready to Speak UP! if you see something that is not right to keep our community safe.

Evaluate your options.

Determine whether the situation is an emergency, or at least one in which someone needs assistance.

Assume responsibility for providing help.

One repeated finding in research studies on helping is that a bystander is less likely to help if there are other bystanders present. When other bystanders are present responsibility for helping is diffused. If a lone bystander is present, he or she is more likely to assume responsibility. If you’re in a group, don’t assume someone else will help. Take the initiative.

Respond appropriately.

This may mean helping the person leave the situation, confronting a behavior, defusing a situation, or calling for other support or help.


The 3Ds

Direct: Address the situation

Delegate: Notify another and enlist help

Distract: Defuse the situation

 

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