Campus Sexual Assault Resource Centre

For students in Alberta and British Columbia

Quick Exit

Scenario

You're at a house party and a guy is escorting a girl upstairs to a private bedroom. She is highly intoxicated and it looks like she might pass out.

Approach him in a friendly manner and point out that she's really drunk. Suggest that you call her a taxi or find the friends that she came with.  If you don't feel safe confronting the guy, find the friends she came with and let them know and ask them to check on their friend. Or you can cause a distraction by spilling something or creating a diversion. If you feel comfortable you can call out to him. Loudly saying something like, "Hey man, she's too drunk." will get other people to notice and might make the guy realize that what he is doing is wrong. 

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What is the bystander effect?

The Bystander Effect is a social psychological phenomenon in which individuals are less likely to offer help to a victim when other people are present. The greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. Several factors contribute to the bystander effect, including ambiguity, cohesiveness, and diffusion of responsibility

Fact

Perpetrators usually use alcohol as a tool and abuse people within their social networks to avoid being reported

Fact

Most women are at risk their first year of studies, many within the first 8 weeks

Fact

Indigenous women are 3 times more likely to experience violence

About this website

This website was created by Airika Owen and Tina Daye at the Northern Society for Domestic Peace (NSDP) in Smithers, B.C. to support rural and Indigenous youth heading off to unfamiliar cities for university. NSDP would like to thank the generous support of the Department of Justice for funding the development of this website and NSDP's Campus Security high school presentation materials. To learn more about NSDP please visit our website or call 250-847-9000.