ABClatino Magazine Year 3 Issue 4 - Page 23

Youth Vision

Active Bystander Intervention

By Valerie Lenis, Wo men’s Support Services

WSS. ofrece servicios de apoyo bilingues comuníquese con

Deanna Barry

dbarry@wssdv.org,

(860) 364-1080.

Every person has the power to intervene in a situation and be an active bystander; whether that means stopping harassment or bullying, preventing assault, or simply pointing out a disturbing or unpleasant comment. An extremely high number of people, especially teens, will experience some form of abuse in their lifetime. In fact, 1 in 3 teens report experiencing abuse in their romantic relationships, including verbal and emotional abuse (National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health). Additionally, 20.8% of students will experience bullying while in school (National Center for Education Statistics). Yet, when bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds at least 57% of the time (Hawkins, D. L)...

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