An active bystander is a person who stands up for the well-being and safety of others and who stands up against oppressive or insensitive acts, words, phrases, gestures, and conversations. Active bystanders help to foster a prosocial community that empowers each individual to challenge those things that may be harmful toward others. How do you become an active bystander? REACT!
When we say REACT, we back it up with some clear descriptions of how to do so.
R=Recognize the situation
Be aware of your surroundings. If you notice a potentially dangerous situation, don't ignore it. Make an effort to see what is going on and look for red flags.
Make those around you aware of the situation. Enlist and encourage peers to help you intervene. Call emergency personnel if the situation appears at all dangerous.
Assume personal responsibility for the situation. It is your business. It is important to NOT wait around for other people to notice or assume that others will help if you do not.
C=Create a plan
Think of possible solutions to the problem. Strategize, be creative. Choose the best option and act. Remember that your safety remains a priority.
Implement the plan you created. Unless there is immediate personal danger, do not leave the situation until it has been resolved and everyone is safe.