When we speak up and call out inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour, we help build a safer and more inclusive community for everyone. Bystander intervention is about recognising a potentially harmful situation and choosing to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome.  Whether it’s at Uni, work or out in public, there are ways that you can speak up or step in when it is safe to do so. Even the smallest actions can make a difference.

Call out disrespect

If you witness harmful or concerning behaviour, it’s normal to be nervous about calling it out.

Speaking up doesn’t have to be a big thing, and it doesn’t have to end in an argument or fight. Even if you aren’t sure whether someone is being intentionally harmful or inappropriate, or a bit careless, there are things you can do to encourage those around you to rethink their behaviour and comments. After all, if something seems a little off to you, chances are others are feeling the same way. Read the tips below and consider attending a Bystander Intervention workshop; where you will gain skills and confidence to call out disrespect using real life examples in a safe and friendly environment.

Simple and effective ways to call out disrespect

Resources for calling out sexism and sexual harassment

The Australia Human Rights Commission also investigates complaints of racism, discrimination and breaches of human rights. Their service is free, impartial and informal. 

Get support

If you have experienced concerning, threatening or inappropriate behaviour, on or off campus, support is available. Contact Safer Community to discuss your concerns and options.