Awareness & Prevention

Bystander intervention

Follow these steps when someone appears to be in a vulnerable or potentially harmful situation. Remember, if you see something, say something!

  • Notice the event. Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Interpret the event as a problem. Recognize that someone is being taken advantage of, vulnerable, or in danger. When in doubt, trust your gut, and step up to help at the at the earliest possible point.
  • Take personal responsibility to help. If you don’t help, it is unlikely that anyone else will.
  • Decide how you are going to help. Try not to put yourself at risk or make the situation worse. There are many ways to help in different situations.
  • Help! Take action and intervene to help prevent or respond to problematic situations at the earliest possible point.

If you see someone who could be in trouble, take action and intervene if you can, as soon as possible. You can intervene directly by asking the person if they need help, or by removing them from the situation. If you are not able to step up and help, contact the police or seek out others for assistance. You may also be able to interrupt the situation by causing a distraction, like spilling your drink, asking a question, or causing a scene.

Walk safe

Walk with a friend if possible. Be aware of your surroundings and stay in well-lighted areas. If you’re in trouble, scream or attract attention any way you can. If you’re being followed, go to a public place or knock on a door to get help.

Buddy up

When you go out, go with friends and look out for each other. Watch your beverage at all times. Date rape drugs are tasteless, colorless, and odorless so you won’t know if you’ve ingested one.

Don’t be afraid to call police

Under Indiana’s Lifeline Law, people younger than 21 who are under the influence of alcohol will not be prosecuted for crimes such as possession, intoxication or consumption of alcohol if they call 911 for medical help for another person or in cases of sexual assault and cooperate with police.