Active Bystander Network

The Active Bystander Network (ABN) is a unique volunteer group from the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office committed to raise awareness on sexual violence and create a culture of care and consent at SFU. The Active Bystander Network is comprised of both SFU and FIC undergraduate and graduate students who work with the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office to provide outreach initiatives, events and workshops to increase student awareness and understanding of sexual violence.

Active Bystander Network members are trained in how to recognize and intervene appropriately in situations that may trivialize or lead to sexual violence. They also educate the campus community on topics such as how to be an active bystander, consent, rape culture, and sexual violence resources at SFU. ABN members deliver presentations, workshops and outreach initiatives that contribute to raising student understanding of the issues surrounding sexual violence.


What does it mean to be an Active Bystander? 

An Active Bystander is someone who: 

  • Works to build a community that does not allow sexual violence
  • Looks out for others: supports those impacted by harmful comments, jokes, and behaviour
  • Intervenes in an appropriate way considering their own circumstances and the situation
  • Considers their own safety 

To learn more, check out this blog by one of our ABN members!

To keep updated on events, info, giveaways, and more, follow the Active Bystander Network on Instagram, Twitter, and like us Facebook!

Do you want to make a difference on campus?

The recruitment period for the 2020/2021 group is now closed. We invite all those who are interested in being an ABN member to check back here and look out for recruitment posts on our social media (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) in Spring 2021.

Want to learn more about the ABN & SVSPO? Wanting to stay up-to-date about upcoming events and opportunities? Subcribe to "Care & Consent", the SVSPO Newsletter, below!

Sign up to the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office Newsletter, "Care & Consent".

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