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Student Bystander Intervention training - February 2018

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Elystan Morgan Building, Aberystwyth University

Primrose Hill

Llanbadarn Fawr

Aberystwyth

SY23 3AS

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Bystander straplineWhat is the Bystander Intervention Initiative and what is it for?

The extent of sexual harassment, sexual coercion, rape and domestic abuse in student populations across England has been revealed in evidence from crime surveys, student surveys and professionals working with students. The evidence has produced an imperative for universities to act. This resource is a response to that imperative.

Welsh Women’s Aid (WWA) are looking for students in Welsh universities to take part in a pilot programme that aims to show students how to intervene to stop violence and abuse. The programme is called “The Bystander Intervention” and it has already been used in campuses across the USA.

Details on the Bystander Intervention can be found on the UWE website: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/bl/research/interventioninitiative.aspx

The Bystander Intervention will help male and female students recognise sexual harassment and abuse, and give them the skills and confidence to respond appropriately. It also looks at changing cultural norms that condone sexism and harassment.

Aberystwyth University ran these three courses in November 2017 and they were so successful that we asked WWA if they would come back and run them again. This will allow students who were unable to attend in November the opportunity to do so in February 2018.

Why do we need it?

  • One in three female students at UK universities will experience sexual assault or abuse while studying.

  • One in eight men experience unwanted sexual advances at university (The Telegraph, 2015).

What will students gain from completing the three-week course

  • Free approved training from specialists that will help you and your friends and peers respond in the right way in a crisis

  • On completion of the whole course, a certificate of training to help increase your employability

  • New skills for your CV: assertiveness, the ability to remain calm in challenging situations, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, problem solving and empathy skills

The Dewis Choice project and Aberystwyth University are proud to be working with Welsh Women's Aid on the important pilot for this initiative.

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Elystan Morgan Building, Aberystwyth University

Primrose Hill

Llanbadarn Fawr

Aberystwyth

SY23 3AS

United Kingdom

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