Students continue to find themselves in bystander situations where sexual assault, hate and bias, hazing, mental health concerns, and alcohol and other drug misuse are all too real.
We tell them to “look out for each other” and "step in to help", but we know many are not prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to overcome social barriers and effectively intervene.
Let's talk about how we can prepare for these moments.
We invite you to take part in a timely, national conversation: WITH US Upstander Week is seven days of real talk, reflection, and action as we empower all bystanders to become UPSTANDERS and #BeTheLifeline for others.
Our goal: to include all voices, spread knowledge and encourage bystanders to act during potentially dangerous, life-altering situations.
Inspired by Carson’s standard, the Upstander Pledge is a commitment to be an active bystander: someone that will trust their instincts, overcome fear, and take action to help others.
I pledge to be an Upstander
among my friends, family,
and community by living out
the following commitments:
I will trust my instincts and have the courage to help others.
I will overcome the fear that keeps me from taking action to intervene.
I will speak up for others and hold my peers accountable.
I will stand up and embrace responsibility for the wellbeing of those around me.
I will live with urgency and be a role model in upholding this commitment.
You are the X factor that can amplify this Upstander movement. Support the 10x Giving Challenge now through the month of December and help us hit our fundraising goal of $10,000 for 10 Years. Your gift will directly fund research and the development of our lifesaving education programs and awareness campaigns.
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Look for the #BeTheLifeline hashtag on social media and share our posts to keep the conversation going with your friends, family and others in your community.