| Life at WSU | Title IX | Bystander Intervention
Every person can have an impact in preventing sexual assault and relationship violence. Each of us can send a clear message that it will not be tolerated, downplayed, or joked about, and that we, as a community, will react decisively if it does happen. We can talk about sexual assault and relationship violence and teach others that it is never OK. We also can continue to educate ourselves and others about the issues, starting with reviewing the following:
Know that sexual assault occurs in our communities and that we can shape safe and supportive communities through our actions.
You may find yourself in a situation during which you notice one or more of the following indications that a sexual assault is about to happen or being planned:
One of your friends or family members may be in a violent relationship. Or, you may be. The following are signs of relationship violence that may help you help someone—or yourself—get out of this situation:
Do you suspect that a friend or family member is in an abusive relationship? Talking about it can be difficult. Ultimately, only your friend or loved one can be the one to end the situation. But you can be supportive during this turbulent time in their life by following these tips:
It also is important that you seek help yourself. It will help you keep things in perspective and give you inner strength to continue helping your friend or loved one.
Jennifer Quinn M.Ed., CHES, CTTS
Director of Title IX
Drug and Alcohol Education Prevention
Worcester Police Department911