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Campus Climate Survey

5. Bystander Attitudes and Behavior

Empowering students to step up and intervene as bystanders is vital to promoting an environment free from sexual violence. By educating our students to become more active bystanders, we can give our students the information they need to help themselves and others avoid potentially dangerous situations.

To assess students’ likelihood to intervene, the survey asked students to rate their confidence level between 1-7 (7 being “completely confident”) as to “how confident are you” in various situations to intervene. Below are some of the scenarios, but not all, that were asked of students. For this report, the below percentages are based upon students listing a 6 or 7 as to their likelihood to intervene in the various scenarios.

Likelihood to Speak Up or Confront Someone

  • 53.87% would express discomfort if someone makes a joke about a woman’s body.
  • 82.11% would express their discomfort if someone says that rape victims are to blame for being raped.
  • 91.59% would confront a friend who is hooking up with someone who is passed out.

Likelihood to Assist Another

  • 65.62% would talk to a friend who they suspect is in a sexually abusive relationship.
  • 81.99 % would ask a friend if he/she needs to be walked home from a party, while only 46.65% would ask a stranger if he/she needs to be walked home from a party.
  • 65.52% would do something to help a drunk person who is being brought upstairs to a bedroom by a group of people at a party.
  • 62.49% would do something if they see a woman who looks very uncomfortable surrounded by a group of men at a party.

Likelihood to Report for Another or Confront Someone After an Incident

  • 66.64% would tell an RA or other campus authority about information they have that might help in a sexual assault case even if pressured by their peers to stay silent.
  • 78.11% would report a friend that committed a rape.
  • 82.81% would confront a friend if they hear rumors that he / she forced sex on someone.
  • 75.83% would speak up to someone who is making excuses for having sex with someone who is unable to give full consent