Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention Education

At the University of South Carolina Beaufort we support Bystander Intervention education as an important tool for preventing violence, with a special emphasis on stopping sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. We encourage all USCB staff, faculty, students, and community members to pledge to:

  • recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
  • identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
  • intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
  • create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

All first-year students are required to participate in USCB's Bystander Intervention program.  USCB is partnering with Collegiate Empowerment to presnet a series of three workshops called Zero Shades of Gray, Zero Shades Darker and Zero Shades Freed.  The first workshop is a mandatory session during Shark School with the next two workshops presented in collaboration with Student Life and U101 courses. 

Participants will…

  • Get educated and empowered to open up the conversation and act on it

  • Learn to prevent assault on both sides – for victims and possible assailants

  • Learn the tools to manage the impact of sexual assault

  • Clearly recognize hazardous situations before they begin

  • Understand how to effectively care for someone who has been impacted by assault and know where to go on campus for help

  • Gain awareness and define personal boundaries


Campus Climate Survey

Beginning with the Fall 2015, USCB will conduct an annual Campus Climate Survey to help guide the University's efforts to reduce and prevent sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and other forms of violence.

Some of the primary goals of the Climate Survey are to assess:

  • students' knowledge about reporting policies and resources for victims.
  • students' attitudes about bystander intervention.
  • students' perceptions about how USCB is addressing the problem of sexual violence.

Additionally, as incidents of sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence are widely underreported, this survey will seek to collect better statistics pertaining to the number of USCB community members who have experienced sexual violence.