Why you should register for a Bystander Intervention Training Workshop

Why you should register for a Bystander Intervention Training Workshop

Everyone has the right to feel safe and respected where they study, work and socialise.

Bystander action can make a huge difference in preventing a situation from escalating and stopping sexual harm including harassment from occurring.

We spoke to RMIT students about the training, and why these are important skills to learn. 

Sheldon Gait Sheldon Gait

Sheldon Gait Bachelor of Program Management

Why are these important skills to learn?

"When you don't have to experience something in your everyday life it's easy to miss the signs and not notice it happening. This training covers the fundamentals of respect and how little things that you may do in your everyday life but, don't always think about can lead to a loss of respect and continuation of sexist cultures. Boundaries are a fundamental component of respect and Bring in the Bystander covers how the loss of respect can lead to people crossing boundaries later down the path to disastrous results. 

I would recommend this to any friends who are passionate about looking out for their mates and providing a safe and respectful space for everyone. This training is about starting a conversation and noticing the signs to look out for. It is about thinking about how we interact with each other.

As members of a community, it is up to all of us to strive to be better humans and support those around us."

Student in courtyard Beatrice Co

Beatrice Co -  Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) Honours 

Why are these important skills to learn?

"The bystander intervention training was important for highlighting the impact active bystanders make in the community. As a student leader I became more aware on how to act and react in tricky situations. The training gave me the confidence to help keep those around me safe.

If you're a student club leader or someone who goes to many events, this training is good for providing skills to help keep your clubs and events safe. Being prepared for any situation is good thing for any student leader."

Upcoming Bystander Intervention Workshops 

Learn how you can speak up and call out inappropriate behaviour whenever you hear it or see it and gain confidence and skills to intervene safely in situations where respect or safety is in question.

The next sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday 10 May 2022, 1:30pm-3:00pm
  • Thursday 12 May 2022, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Register for a bystander intervention workshop now.

We look forward to seeing you there,

The RMIT Respect Team

Bystander intervention workshops are part of RMIT’s plan to reduce sexual harm in our community and build a culture of respect. For more information, email respect@rmit.edu.au or visit Respect RMIT.

05 May 2022


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