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Bystander Involvement

Posted on April 4, 2021 at 6:55 PM


What’s worse than being targeted with harassment because of your race, sex, religion, color, gender, size, orientation, disability, age, or origin? Being targeted while surrounded by bystanders who see what is happening, but then do nothing.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

At this moment in history, we are witnessing a spike in disrespect, harassment, and hate violence. As bystanders, we need to be especially vigilant and aware of what disrespect, harassment, and hate violence look like in order to be able to stand up and intervene at a time when people need it most.

You can make a choice to actively and visibly take a stand against harassment. The Five D’s are different methods you can use to support someone who’s being harassed, emphasize that harassment is not okay, and demonstrate to people in your life that they too have the power to make our communities and workplaces safer.


  • Distract
  • Delay
  • Document
  • Direct
  • Delegate is providing tools that can help bystanders feel comfortable in intervening when they see a situation. One can call the police, take pictures and document the situation, get help from others, distract the person who is causing harm, etc.  Keep safe but offer help if possible.

Categories: Coping, Empowerment