Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention is a 3-year project sponsored by the SAAFE Office, SAAFE Advocates, and Safe and Empowerment Houses.  Our program is the result of our partnership with the national “Step Up” organization.


Bystander intervention is a way to ensure a safer campus and one in which the culture is about respect between and within genders. Using a model of intervention, it gives clarity and direction to those who find they are witnessing a risky situation involving others, while also addressing (safety) safest ways to intervene.


How will you gain from learning about Bystander Intervention?

  • When faced with observing a situation where it appears ripe for sexual assault to occur, you will have the skills to interrupt that environment and keep another person safe

  • When faced with an incident involving sexual misconduct that is occurring you can use your skills to get help for the victim

  • You will gain the skills necessary to speak out against a culture where sexual violence has a place to flourish and to promote a culture of respect and safety

  • You can learn how to be a support to victims in a way that is helpful and positive in a time of crisis and to survivors as they work to gain normalcy and strength

If you are interested in training others on Bystander Intervention, please email Paula Dranger at pdranger@valpo.edu.  Get involved! Intervene! Advocate!

For more information please see our slide on Bystander Intervention.