When the University learns about sexual misconduct, we take immediate and appropriate action to determine what occurred and to prevent a recurrence.
What is an active by-stander?An active by-stander is a person who is aware that another person may be in danger and decides to get involved, intervenes, and stops the event from occurring. The Lesley community is a place where we take care of each other; we "step up and step in" to address inappropriate behavior.
There is a current video that demonstrates actions that an active by-stander can take to prevent potential sexual assault.
The video is the creation and collaborative effort of several organizations in Wellington, New Zealand: Tū Pakari Ora – Sexual Assault Assessment and Treatment Service, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network, Wellington Sexual Health, Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation, Radio Network Wellington, Hutt Rape Counselling Network, Wellington Police, Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care, and Regional Public Health.
VideoTrigger Warning:This video shows a fictional scenario leading up to a rape.It does not show the rape itself, but may be triggering to some people.Please take this into consideration before viewing the film.“Who Are You” video: http://www.whoareyou.co.nz/
What actions can an active by-stander take?
Step in and interrupt a harmful situation by engaging the participants in the conversation.
Say statements like:
Ask questions like:
If you are uncomfortable calling out bad behavior, try interrupting a risky situation by distracting and redirecting the people involved.
Say things like:
What do you do when a survivor speaks to you about sexual misconduct?Acknowledge their feelings about the incident without overreacting to their experience.
Suggest that she or he speak with the Title IX Coordinator for Lesley University. For yourself, be strong, take care of yourself, and get help if needed.
What should you not do or say to a survivor?
Do not say:
Equal Opportunity and Inclusion Policy
Community Standards of Conduct
Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence Policy
Unequal Consensual Relationships Policy
Complaint Resolution Procedure
University Response to Sexual Misconduct
Office of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator
What is Lesley's definition of consent to have sexual contact?
What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?
What should I do if I am sexually harassed or stalked?
What should I do if I am accused of sexual misconduct?
What is an active by-stander?