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Don’t Just Stand There!

What is a “positive bystander” in a violent situation?

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 7, 2016) — In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, UAlbany’s Sexual Violence Prevention Project team plans to empower 25 percent of students to become positive bystanders. Weekly 90-minute training sessions are being offered to the entire University community, and all student athletes and student leaders will undergo mandatory training.

A positive bystander is someone equipped with the tools to safely and effectively intervene in violent situations, potentially violent situations, and behaviors that contribute to the culture in which violence frequently occurs. The effort is being led by Title IX Coordinator Chantelle Cleary and Director of the Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence Carol Stenger.

On Wednesday, a #JustAsk rally was held at the small fountain on the uptown campus, encouraging students to learn about becoming a positive bystander. More information events are set for noon to 2 p.m. today in the Husted Café at the Downtown Campus, and in the School of Public Health lobby on the Health Sciences Campus.

For more information or to train to become a positive bystander, visit here.

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