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The Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) Project empowers our campus community to take ACTION to prevent relationship violence.
Sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking affects all people. That means anyone can help as a bystander. Sometimes bystanders are directly involved in a situation that is concerning, and sometimes they're just aware of the situation as a friend, family member, or acquaintance.
A bystander is a witness with power: the power to make a difference and enact change. Bystanders know about the progression of inappropriate behaviors or violence. They see something happening in person, hear about it from someone they care about, or view it online. They have that power to step in and prevent violence from escalating or from occurring in the first place.
Everyone can be proactive, learn how to recognize warning signs, prepare for what we might do in potentially high-risk situations, and then take ACTION when someone needs help.
Helping doesn't have to be a big thing. It could be a small thing that makes a difference. If everyone consistently does small things to help one another, those actions add up to make our community safer.
The Sexual Assault Spouse Abuse Resource Center, Inc. (SARC)
24 Hour Help Line:
Title IX Coordinator
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness
Fill out the SAVE Project
Presentation Request Form or contact us directly.
It is a very common experience to feel like you should help in a situation but something prevents you from taking action. You may feel afraid, you may not want to be wrong about the situation or get someone in trouble, others around you may not be acting like the situation is serious, or you may be unsure what steps to take safely.
That is why it is important to know that there are many ways to take ACTION depending on the situation. It’s okay to choose an option that is most realistic for you.
Each letter in the word ACTION provides different ways to intervene in a situation that involves sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, or stalking.
Assess if the situation is high risk and if it is better that you get help from someone in a position of authority, or if it is something that you could take a moment to intervene directly.
Talk to the person doing harm or experiencing harm about what is concerning you. When you are feeling unsure about whether harm is occurring, checking in to get more information is a really helpful solution.
Delegate to the people around you.
Create an opportunity to deescalate a situation or to help someone get away from harm.
Identify concerning actions that you are witnessing so that you can tell someone else.
Reach out to others for help. There are people in the spaces where the situation is happening that have authority to take action. There are also a lot of people in our campus community who are trained to help in situations of sexual assault , dating and domestic violence, and stalking.
We do not have to wait for the warning signs of violence to show up in our lives to be able to do something about it. We can let others know what we stand for by the way we talk, what we share in our conversations and on social media, and how we behave in our spaces.
At Harford Community College, we place a high value on helping one another. We hope that when someone new steps foot on our campus — either a new student, a new employee, or a visitor — that they will know violence is not tolerated here.
Take a moment to think about one of your spaces. This could be a physical space like your room, office, apartment, or house. Or perhaps it is a group that you belong to or a social media platform that you are connected with. The list below contains just a few of the things you can do right now to let others know that you care about keeping that space free from relationship violence.
Below is a list of places that provide support to our campus community for those who are affected by sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking.
Below is a list of national organizations that provide confidential support and additional information for people who want to learn more about preventing violence in relationships.
National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN)
24 hour hotline: 800-656-4673 or chat online
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call: 1-800-799-7233, chat online, en Español
Casa de Esperanza
24 hour bilingual domestic violence help line: 651-722-1611
Victim Connect Resource Center
Confidential referrals for crime victims, including stalking.
Chat line: 855-484-2846 12:00 PM-5:00 PM or chat online.
The Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) Project is a collective of campus and community stakeholders who collaborate to determine the most effective, inclusive and evidence-based preventative practices. Our goal is to empower our campus community to take action to eradicate gender based violence.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2018-WA-AX-0021 by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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