Bystander Intervention Training
Friday 24 May 2019, 2pm - 4pm - K806
Friday 24 May 2019
To mark this year's International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, London South Bank University's SONET (Sexual Orientation Network) are pleased to be working with Hollaback London, a collective part of a global network dedicated to ending street harassment, to deliver a two hour interactive workshop around bystander intervention.
The workshop will provide a safe and open space to explore what harassment entails and how it impacts us all. It will also focus on how harassment is disproportionately aimed at women, non-binary and LGBTQ+ folk and intersects with other types of oppression such as racism, Islamophobia, ableism, classism and ageism.
Hollaback's approach to intervention is informed by the empowerment model, meaning that we believe that any response an individual has to harassment perpetrated against them is valid and what worked for them in that moment.
We will explore the concept of being an 'active bystander' as someone who intervenes in a positive way before, during, or after a situation or event in which they see or hear behaviours that promote violence or oppression. By learning how to intervene safely and effectively when we see harrassment, we can learn how to be effective allies to those who experience disproportionate amounts of harassment. LSBU believes in creating a safe and comfortable environment for all students and staff free from any form of bullying, harassment or violence and so the aim of this workshop reflects that sentiment as well as our values around inclusitivity, community and acceptance. The workshop is open to all people of all genders.
Please note, the workshop will expore and cover forms of sexual harassment and violence which can be often bring some things up for attendees. Hollaback will be able to signpost you to relevant services if you feel you'd like to speak to someone after the training.