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 program evaluation of Step UP! at the University of Virginia demonstrated increases in participants' belief that student intervention could avoid a negative outcome, and participants' confidence in their own ability to intervene.
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.