Bringing In The Bystander®

What is Bringing in the Bystander®?

Bringing in the Bystander® is an interactive program that promotes a bystander intervention approach, emphasizing that everyone has a role to play in ending sexual misconduct. Rather than focusing strictly on the roles of perpetrator and victim, the interactive, researched, and evaluated curriculum uses a community of responsibility approach. It teaches bystanders how to safely intervene in instances where an incident may be occurring or where there may be risk. The program, which was developed and evaluated by leading researchers and program practitioners, is customizable to reflect the location, colloquialisms, and culture of our campus. It is designed to be presented as a 90-minute program.

By completing the program students will learn how to:

  • Identify behaviors on a continuum of violence
  • Develop empathy for those who have experienced violence
  • Practice safe and appropriate intervention skills
  • Commit to intervene before, during, and after an incident of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, relationship violence and/or stalking occurs

Why implement this specific program?

Bringing in the Bystander® is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a promising program to prevent sexual violence. This evidence-based program shifts community culture by promoting pro-social behavior, and has been endorsed by a team of UD faculty, staff, students, and community members after researching various bystander intervention programs.

students educated through the program

Sexual Misconduct Resource Card

Click to download our Sexual Misconduct Resource Card (pdf), which includes information related to self-care, confidential support services, and bystander intervention.

trained faculty and staff facilitators

We Need You!

We’re looking for faculty and professional staff to become Bringing In The Bystander® facilitators as part of a campus wide program. As a facilitator you will help train students build confidence and active bystander skills to prevent the many behaviors that contribute to sexual violence.

Become a Facilitator!

Click below to sign up for our next facilitator train the trainer session.

What to Learn More?

For further information, visit the Bringing in the Bystander® website or email Joanne Sampson:

Are You a Survivor?

Are you a survivor of sexual misconduct? Do you have concerns or questions about this program, or are you worried about being triggered by the content? Click the button below to learn more about the program, including how to request an exemption if you are a survivor of sexual misconduct: