Thursday, July 14, 2016

High-Profile Push for Bystander Intervention

At a Senate education committee hearing, witnesses call for colleges to implement prevention programs and adopt antiharassment policies.

As sexual violence on college campuses has attracted more attention in recent years, discussion has often turned to bystander intervention, the practice of intervening in a situation when another person needs help.

At a U.S. Senate education committee hearing Wednesday, bystander intervention got a boost as a possible solution not only to sexual violence, but also harassment and bullying. Several senators and witnesses raised concerns that colleges are not doing enough to prevent harassment and bullying. Institutions could do more, they said, by providing bystander intervention training for incoming freshmen and adopting antiharassment policies.

Read the complete Inside Higher Ed story here

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