Bystander Intervention – Be a WIThero

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Practice these four bystander intervention techniques to protect your community.

  1. Don't participate in sexist conversation. Don't laugh at rape jokes.
  2. Change the subject when you hear sexist or rape-supportive comments.
  3. Address it. Tell your friends that sexist or rape-supportive comments are not okay.
  4. Watch for signs of predatory behavior. Intervene to prevent a sexual assault from taking place.

The Office of Wellness Education is excited to continue “Be a WIThero,” an original social marketing campaign addressing sexual assault at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Sexual assault is a serious issue at every institution of higher education. Bystander intervention education is recommended by Title IX and the American College Health Association as an effective form of primary prevention. “Be a WIThero” is an original bystander education program that acknowledges and responds directly to the concerns, anxieties, and hopes of Wentworth students regarding sexual assault prevention.  “Be a WIThero” integrates bystander intervention training, peer education, speakers and events, with consistent campus- and web-based media messaging. 

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The goal of this program is to empower students to create a safer, healthier, and more supportive campus environment. By changing campus culture, “Be a WIThero” ultimately aims to reduce rates of sexual assault and increase rates of reporting at Wentworth.

For more information about becoming a WITHero, visit http://blogs.wit.edu/withero/.