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.
Please see below for a brief video highlighting the importance of Bystander Intervention education.
USCB has partnered with Student Success to offer the Every Choice program. Every Choice is a new online, video-based program, aimed at reducing campus sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking by equipping students with realistic, actionable bystander intervention tools.
As of the Fall 2015, every new incoming USCB student will be required to complete the program prior to attending classes at USCB. ALL current students will also have access to the program free of charge.
Every Choice Bystander Intervention Program
Every Choice is a new online, video-based program, aimed at reducing campus sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking by equipping students with realistic, actionable bystander intervention tools. Please see the below video for an introduction to the Every Choice program. All new incoming USCB students will be required to complete this program prior to attending classes at USCB beginning in the Fall 2015. The program will also be available to all current students free of charge.
After viewing Every Choice, students:
- understood that they were likely to see a risky situation.
- felt more responsible to take action.
- better understood how to intervene.
96% of students said they believed that as a bystander, their personal efforts could make a difference in reducing sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking.
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.
More information to come soon.