Ogden sexual violence intervention workshop will create better bystanders

T-shirts with personal messages about sexual violence line the pavilion at Big Dee Sports Park where Your Community Connection held its annual Sexual Assault Awareness Walk on April 9, 2016, in Ogden.

OGDEN — Learn how to identify and step in during situations involving sexual violence at a free intervention workshop Tuesday in Ogden. 

Bystander Intervention Training will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Weber State University’s downtown campus at 2314 Washington Blvd. The goal of bystander intervention education is to “encourage community members to take action in situations that signal risk for sexual violence, from countering verbal harassment, to finding safe ways to intervene if witnessing sexual assault,” according to a press release from Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. 

Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault is co-hosting the workshop with Your Community ConnectionUtah Department of Health’s Violence and Injury Prevention Program and the American Democracy Project at WSU.

“Bystander strategies increase a person’s confidence in their ability to intervene, reduce victim blaming attitudes, and strengthen intervention skills so bystanders will put thought into action,” the press release says. 

Those strategies include being able to define and identify harm, violence and bystander intervention opportunities; learning skills and behaviors to prevent harm or violence; and understanding why it’s important to get involved.

For more information, visit www.ucasa.org/calendar. 

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