The goals of Step UP! are to “raise awareness of helping behaviors, increase motivation to help, develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns, and ensure the safety and well-being of self and others.”
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Step Up! (Be a Leader, Make a Difference) Bystander Intervention
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Training in Sexual Assault bystander intervention by Step UP! requires participation in two sessions. Participants must attend a 90-minute initial training before attending a 60- minute Sexual Assault bystander intervention program.
Step UP! aims to shift campus cultures using a bystander intervention model. Theoretical bases for the design of the program include: bystander intervention pro-social behavior, motivational interviewing, cognitive dissonance, the trans-theoretical model, and social norms. There is also a focus on the role social and cultural identifiers play and the impact they have on whether or not someone intervenes.
A study using data from 731 students across 49 trainings evaluated the Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program was published in the American Journal of Health Studies. The results found that significantly more student-athletes compared to non-athletes reported witnessing 4 of the 5 problem behaviors, and participation significantly improved knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy to use bystander intervention behaviors among collegiate student-athletes and non-athletes.
Visit the Step Up website to see a full list of participating institutions.
The Sexual Assault topic presentation is not a stand-alone program. Thus, administrators should consider implementing Step UP! in its entirety which requires an additional 90 minute presentation but also presents the opportunity for other topic presentations to be utilized.
Training and program materials are available online at no cost.
Orsini, M. M., Milroy, J. J., Bernick, J. B., Bruce, S., Gonzalez, J., Bell, B., & Wyrick, D. L. (2019). Bystander intervention training that goes beyond sexual violence prevention. American Journal of Health Studies, 34(2), 80-87.