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Get Involved: Bystander Intervention

When Bulldogs See Something, Bulldogs Say Something(Please Note: This video may re-trigger a traumatic event. You can fast forward to the 5:00 mark to see the positive outcomes)


What is Bystander Intervention?

Bystander Intervention is choosing to respond to a potentially risky or dangerous situation in a manner that positively impacts the outcome

Choosing to react to, or ignore, a potentially dangerous situation involves a delicate yet complex balance between the would-be bystander and the context of the situation. Fresno State wants you to feel empowered to safely intervene and diffuse potentially risky situations. 

Listed below are possible barriers that people may feel when assessing whether or not to intervene, as well as, motivating factors to safely intervene in risky situations

Barriers to Intervening

  • I’m sure someone else will say/do something
  • This is not my problem, I have other things to deal with
  • If this was that big of a deal, others would be doing something
  • I don’t want anything bad to happen to me if I step in
  • I’m too embarrassed to do anything

Motivational Factors to Intervene

  • Something bad could happen if I don’t say/do something
  • I would want someone to help me if I was in that situation
  • Even though no one else is doing anything, I know it’s wrong and they probably do too
  • I know that person and care about what happens to them
  • I will feel better about myself if I do something
  • I have friends who will support me if I step in

At Fresno State, we’d like to encourage our students/staff/faculty to feel invested in the University community and utilize the motivational factors above to safely intervene when needed.