Active Bystander Intervention Training

The Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office – SVPRO – is working towards training all members of the UWaterloo Community in Active Bystander Intervention. Active Bystander Intervention provides context and skills to help people intervene when they see harmful, or potentially harmful, behaviour which could include sexual violence but could also include harm such as racism, homophobia, transphobia, harassment and microaggressions.

Intervention can help prevent harm, stop harm, and provide space for support. Bystander Intervention has the potential to build a culture of consent, care, belonging, equity, and well-being within our campus community.

The objectives of this training are to:

  1. Understand and define microaggressions, harassment and sexual violence.
  2. Recognize the complex roots of these behaviours and how they are normalized.
  3. Identify personal obstacles and barriers to intervene safely and effectively.
  4. Learn how to safely and effectively apply the 5D Active Bystander Model.
  5. Recognize that everyone has a role in creating a safe and caring campus community.