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Create Your IDEAL Community

I – Identify a situation where action should be taken
D – Distract and shift focus of the persons involved
E – Engage the perpetrator directly
A – Assist the victim
L – Lead others to intervene

Upstanders are what we’re asking you to be. Those who stand up for others when they see something happening without the consent. This is a person who speaks or acts in support of an individual or cause. Someone who intervenes to impact the outcome positively.

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Why don’t people intervene:

  • Diffusion of responsibility
  • Evaluation apprehension
  • Pluralistic ignorance
  • Confidence in skills
  • Modeling

This project is supported by Grant No. 2016-WA-AX-0013 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice. The Opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.