What do we mean by “Courageous Bystander”?

by Jenny Martin, SafePlace Communications and Media Relations

We use lots of buzz words and catchy phrases around SafePlace, but I’m pretty sure if I asked one of my friends if they were a courageous bystander they’d be confused. If you identify with my friends…here are some examples of what it means to us to be a Courageous Bystander:

  • When you see someone in need of help – you do something. You ask if they need help, call 9-1-1, talk to them, share a hotline number.
  • If someone discloses abuse – you believe them.
  • You don’t accept the “boys will be boys” mentality as the norm. You challenge it and challenge yourself.
  • You volunteer your time, belongings or money to organizations that are dedicated to ending abuse. Doing what you can with what you have.
  • You hold the person who is being abusive accountable.  And you offer them help too.
  • You are respectful in your relationships.

So now that you know what we mean – we would love for you to SHARE STORIES of a time you or someone else was a courageous bystander. We’re going to collect stories throughout the month of September then throughout the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we will post them on the blog! Submit your stories to [email protected]!

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