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Guide to intervening as a bystander

Bookmarked THE 5DS OF BYSTANDER INTERVENTION (righttobe.org)

The 5Ds are different methods – Distract, Delegate, Document, Delay, and Direct – that you can use to support someone who’s being harassed, emphasize that harassment is not okay, and demonstrate to people in your life that they have the power to make their community safer.

The keys to good Distraction are:

1. Ignore the person who is harassing, and engage directly with the person who is being harassed.

2. Don’t talk about or refer to the harassment that’s happening.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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