“Bystander Rap,” written by first-years at Casco Bay High School

There are lots of ways to be an activist! It can anything from starting a petition at your school to performing a poem, from digital feminism to participating in YAAPP’s Youth Voices Of Change.

For the month of February, activists all across the state are posting “waves of change” to pledge their support to ending dating violence. Check out the project here.

Activism can also be advocating for a friend or being an active bystander.

An active bystander has the power to intervene before assaults, address abusers, and get help for victims.

There are 40 bystanders for every one person who is abused. You can make a difference.

How can I be an Active Bystander?

  • Distraction: Saying something as a distraction, diverting attention, or any interruption can stop the momentum of abuse.

  • Group Intervention: Alerting friends or other bystanders to come in and help can make a big statement that you are not okay with what is happening. Recruiting the help can also create a safer environment for you.

  • Checking In: Maybe you are not comfortable stepping in at that moment. Follow up after the situation to see what you can do for the victim or say something to the abuser.

  • Humor: Being light-hearted can be an effective way of calling out the behaviors or actions  as a bystander and can reduce tension.

  • Find Help: Depending on where you are, finding teachers, managers, or even authorities can be a way of being an active bystander. You can also call our hotline. It’s for everyone, including friends.

Call our Confidential Hotline: 1.800.537.6066    24/365

It is for friends too! We will…

  • Listen to you without judgment.

  • Offer support for your feelings and information about teen dating abuse

  • Explore the situation and answer any questions you may have.

  • Help you know what to say to the friend you are concerned about

  • Talk with you about how to be helpful to someone you care about.

  • Keep your information confidential.

One great way to be an everyday activist is to call out everyday injustices. This video, created by peer leaders of Bronx-based Harry S Truman High School, addresses the issue of street harassment. Peer leaders are activists simply by modeling socially responsible behavior.

 

With a combined cast of over 40 individuals from all walks of life—entertainers, athletes, government officials and advocates—the NO MORE PSA Campaign offers a simple call to action:

NO MORE excuses.
NO MORE silence.
NO MORE violence.

To coincide with the launch of the three-year campaign, NO MORE released new data that uncovers the wide prevalence of domestic violence and sexual assault and the shocking silence and inaction around these issues, underscoring the urgent need for bystander involvement. The study can be viewed here: http://nomore.org/nomorestudy/.