2019 TMCC Annual Security Report

17 Bystander Intervention If a bystander limits their intervention to a serious event, like a sexual assault, we have missed multiple opportunities along the way to say or do something before that situation escalates to that level. What is a Bystander A bystander can be anyone: a friend, a teacher, a neighbor, a parent or even a stranger. Bystanders can play an important role in preventing or stopping sexual violence. The key is that when you see inappropriate sexual conduct that you do something. Steps Toward Taking Action as a Bystander Notice the events along a continuum of actions. Consider whether the situation demands your action. Decide if you have a responsibility to act. Choose what form of assistance to use. Understand how to implement the choice safely. Note: it is important to consider the consequences and your own safety. If there is immediate danger, call 911. Forms of Bystander Action Intervene to Stop the Behavior as it is Occurring Ask the victim: "Do you need help?" "Is everything ok?" "Are you all right?" "Do you want me to call someone for you?" "What can I do to help you?" "Do you want me to talk to so-and-so for you?" "Should I call the police?" Speak to the offender: "What you said earlier really bothered me." "I don’t like what you did." "I wonder if you realize how that comes across." "How would you feel if someone did that to your sister/brother/child?" Encourage the Victim to Seek Help from Family, Professionals or Law Enforcement Examples of what to say: "You might want to talk to the police about his/her behavior for your own safety." "I know a counselor you can talk to about this." "Do your parents know how he/she is treating you?" "Here is the number you can call for help." Report the Incident Yourself Call the police and report the incident. Report it to a supervisor or an administrator. Report it to a counselor or faculty member. Reporting Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking TMCC encourages any person who has been the victim of a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking or anyone who has witnessed such a crime to immediately report the incident to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the case. If the incident occurred on campus, victims may contact the University Police Services by calling 911 or 775-334-COPS (2677). Victims of sexual violence also have the right to refuse to file a report with law enforcement or disclose the incident to TMCC personnel. Please note that reporting an incident is a separate step from choosing to prosecute. When an individual files a report, he or she is not obligated to participate in legal or TMCC proceedings. Instead, a decision to participate or not participate in such proceedings can be made at any time. Different individuals at TMCC have different abilities to maintain a complainant’s confidentiality: Some are required to maintain near complete confidentiality; talking to them is sometimes called a “privileged communication.” Other employees may talk to a complainant in confidence, and generally only report to the institution that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information. Disclosures to these employees will not trigger investigation into