Uniting in Action: Creating a Culture to Prevent Sexual Violence
The Blue Bench’s high school bystander intervention program, Uniting in Action: Creating a Culture to Prevent Sexual Violence, was developed in collaboration with high school students, educators, and practitioners. In response to COVID-19 and the transition to remote learning, The Blue Bench’s Prevention and Education Team translated our in-person program to a virtual learning environment. Uniting in Action: Creating a Culture to Prevent Sexual Violence, builds on the knowledge of participants to empower them in their role in shaping community responses to sexual violence. In focusing on the role of bystanders, workshop participants build knowledge to recognize sexually inappropriate and violent behaviors, develop empathy for survivors, and hone skills to support prosocial bystander intervention. Participants will leave the workshop empowered with the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to play a role in preventing sexual violence.