Bystander intervention saves would-be victims

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- In 2011, 87 percent of the sexual assault reports here were made by clients where there was bystander who was either present during the assault or before the sexual assault occurred.

With that being said, it's clear we need to do more to help our Team Goodfellow members learn how to recognize the signs of a potential sexual assault, and how to intervene safely.

Over the next few weeks we will be spotlighting intervention strategies and success stories of bystanders who have stepped in and prevented a sexual assault.

So, what is a bystander? A bystander is a witness to a potential assault. An effective bystander can recognize the signs and situations that could lead to a sexual assault. They also know intervention strategies and are comfortable intervening. It's always hard to be the first to intervene, but in the end, it can save someone from being sexually assaulted and hurt.

The sexual assault program educates Team Goodfellow with tools like Bystander Intervention Training. We can all help to share the SARC's message:
  1. Be aware of what's happening around you and your friends whether on or off base.
  2. Be a good bystander.
See next week's Monitor on how one Airman's persistence saved another from becoming a rape victim.