Training men and women on campus to ‘speak up’ to prevent rape
NPR - 04/30/2014
A White House task force on Tuesday on college campuses, pointing to, among other things, programs designed to teach students to intervene before an assault happens.
One of the programs, known as “bystander intervention,” is based on the idea that both men and women can interrupt behaviors to prevent sexual violence.
The training is designed to change social norms and encourage people to find ways to intervene.
Back in the 1970s and 1980s, efforts to prevent sexual assault focused mostly on women. Young women were advised to change their behavior: not to drink too much, and to leave parties with someone they knew. But that didn’t change men’s behaviors.