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Bystander Intervention and Prevention Education

Be an Active Bystander

Take action if you see someone in need!

YOU have the ability to TAKE ACTION to prevent or intervene a potentially harmful situation.

  • A bystander is any person who notices a behavior or situation that could lead to something bad, and are faced with the choice to help, do nothing, or contribute to the negative behavior.
  • An active bystander is any person who does something to decrease the likelihood that something bad will occur or get worse. As an active bystander, there are positive and safe ways to prevent or intervene when there is a risk of behaviors such as discrimination, bullying, sexual harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, or any other type of behavior that could occur on a college campus.

What you can do to help:

  • Recognize behaviors that might be high risk for violence or harm.
  • Attempt to help, but keep yourself safe.
  • Intervene in a way you feel comfortable:
    • Check in with the person to see if he/she is OK or needs help
    • Create a distraction
    • Create a delay
    • Call for help

Learn the Basics

UNA wants to be on the forefront when it comes to educating our students on what it means to be an active bystander. Bystander intervention education is provided throughout the academic year. This education takes place in resident assistant training, RSO leadership training, Greek new member education, First Year Experience classrooms, etc.

Get your group trained on bystander intervention techniques!
Request a facilitator online: Bystander Intervention Request Form


Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)

The UNA Police Department offers a Rape Aggression Defense class for students. The National RAD Program is an empowerment-based course, designed to counter the stereotype that women are defenseless against an attacker. This course teaches women awareness of their physical strengths and abilities to use their bodies as personal weapons. RAD emphasizes a variety of options in practical risk-reduction and basic self-defense, recognizing that every situation is different and that no one choice is right for all women. Participants learn a variety of options in self-defense, including verbal assertiveness, strikes, kicks, releases out of choke holds, and defending oneself from the ground. Much of the class is spent practicing these moves full strength on kick bags and pads, with the goal of making self-defense instinctual. Contact the UNA Police Department at 256-765-4357 for more class information.

Public Incident Report Form


In the case of an emergency, CALL 911 for immediate assistance. Public Incident Report forms are not checked after business hours.