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Upstander intervention


Learning how to be an upstander or an active bystander is an important aspect in fostering cultural change regarding sexual harm around campus.

Below are a range of awareness campaigns, videos and other resources that identify the importance of being an upstander and speaking up about sexual harm.  

  • Princeton University Bystander Intervention. Easy to navigate US website that identifies and explains five stages of bystander intervention.

  • Step Up! Award-winning US-based sexual assault prevention and bystander awareness programme that teaches students how to intervene in sexual assault situations.

  • Who Are You? video on bystander intervention. Powerful Aotearoa New Zealand video showing multiple situations when people could have intercepted to stop a sexual abuse situation occurring. 
    Content warning: Please note, this video can be heavy to watch. Sexual harm is depicted between 3.58 minutes and 4.55 minutes, if you would like to skip this part.


  • Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland 'Being an upstander' video.

  • Rape Prevention Education. Aotearoa New Zealand website covering a range of topics such as consent, sexual violence, rape culture, harmful sexual behaviour, porn, self care and active bystanding. Includes programmes focused on secondary schools such as Bodysafe, Mates & Dates and professional development.

  • The Empowerment Trust has programmes for people of all ages that focus on developing skills to help recognise potentially harmful situations or interactions and choose to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome. In real-life situations, it can be hard to know whether and how to speak up and step in. Programmes include face-to-face workshops, resources, toolkits and e-learning.


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