Bystander Intervention: Putting a Stop to Sexual Assault
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Running Time: 21 Minutes
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Consultants: Robert Eckstein, PhD and Amy Edelstein, LMSW
This program carefully explains the basics and principles of bystander intervention, a strategy that has proven effective in the reduction of sexual assault. The video begins by dramatizing the infamous Kitty Genovese case where many observers did not step in to prevent an assault in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York. This behavior came to be called the Bystander Effect. Bystander intervention, as explained in the video, is a powerful tool that arms bystanders with techniques to counter the bystander effect by getting witnesses to stop violent acts or sexual assaults by using their brains. Using dramatizations of sexual assault situations viewers are taught three ways to disrupt a sexual assault: intervene directly, create a distraction, or call for help from others nearby. Real teens who have successfully intervened in attempted sexual assaults describe how they followed the principles and foiled an attempted sexual assault.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
DVD contains Spanish subtitles.
This excellent guidance program provides viewers with helpful skills for stepping in safely when faced with an instance of sexual assault (with a sensible disclaimer not to put one’s self at risk). Two hosts are referred back to often (with clips from experts Robert Eckstein of the University of New Hampshire and social worker Amy Edelstein) as they pick apart an alcohol-fueled teen party scenario in which a boor becomes aggressive—trying to get a girl to drink and separate her from the group—while two male and female partygoers watch worriedly. Exploring ways to reduce the risk of sexual assaults (while noting that on in five females will be assaulted each year), Bystander Intervention explores the concept of “active bystanders,” showing viewers several options: distracting either the perpetrator or victim (in order to get the latter away), telling it “like it is” (if one happens to know the perpetrator and can help diffuse the situation), and calling a trusted adult, the police, or other security member if the situation can’t be handled safely. Also offering advice on how to support a friend recovering from a bad experience, this exceptional program includes a PDF teacher’s guide. Highly recommended. Editor’s Choice. Aud: H,C, P. (J. Williams-Wood)