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The Active Bystander Network is part of a campus-wide initiative to create a culture of zero-tolerance for sexual violence at Simon Fraser University. The Active Bystander Network is comprised of both 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!