August Is Bystander Awareness Month

“While the responsibility for domestic violence or sexual assault lies with the perpetrators of these crimes, we all play a role in creating a culture of respect and preventing violence.” – NoMore.org

August is Bystander Awareness Month. When you think of the phrase “bystander intervention,” what comes to mind? Many people think of witnessing and intervening in an actual incidence of abuse or violence, which is, indeed, a key part of the concept—but bystander intervention goes far beyond that critical moment.

Challenging and speaking out against harmful social norms, recognizing the warning signs, and preventing and interrupting situations that could lead to violence are all part of being an engaged bystander. By virtue of their role, CASA volunteers may have opportunities to be engaged bystanders and offer perspectives that could help prevent damaging events from occurring in the future.

Check out NoMore.org’s real-life bystander scenarios and learn about safe, informed ways to respond to a variety of potential situations. There is also a resource listing at the bottom of the page, covering the workplace, tools for teens and youth, targeted resources for men and more. We all have the chance to make proactive change in our communities, everyday!

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