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How do you deal with witnessing street harrassment? - November 1st 2012, 04:26 PM

I go to school in Downtown San Diego and I take public transportation there, so it's only a matter of time before I witness someone harassing another person. My question is this: is there some sort of procedure recommended by experts to follow if you want to intervene and stop what's happening?

I'd like to get some information together to distribute at my campus since a student there was being sexually harassed by a stranger recently....and there's also been a murder on the campus about 2 years ago too :/

I want to make sure that people who witness this are able to recognize what's happening and are prepared to stop it.

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Re: How do you deal with witnessing street harrassment? - November 2nd 2012, 07:57 PM

Haii =).

I remember not too long ago posting a thread and PART of that thread was, "what would you do if you saw a major argument between a guy and a girl on the street?" So I kind of found this thread like de ja vu xD.

Alright, so it's important to remember that YOUR safety MUST come first, and this is the procedure with Police, Paramedics, Security Guards, everyone, they check for danger before they move in. IF there is any danger to your life and your safety then please don't move in.

IF you see someone sexually harassing or getting REALLY violent towards a person, then call 000. As in really, fast, as in as fast as humanely possible. It really isn't a good idea to come into it yourself, but let OTHER PEOPLE deal with it by calling police when you see that really serious sort of thing.

Also be very careful with what sort of an incident you would call "harrassment" and what would be considered an emergency, something to intervene in. For example, just a verbal argument, maybe heated, ISN'T something to intervene in, most people would keep an eye out for it but just have a bit of thought before you go rushing in without knowing.

BUT REMEMBER, YOUR SAFETY HAS TO COME FIRST. We love you, we don't want you getting hurt. I remember one time my Legal Studies teacher when he was younger, witnessed a fight between a man and a woman. He went in and broke it up, pushed the man aside. Then they BOTH turned on him. He came out fine but you've just got to be careful.

If it's something serious, then call the police and just reconsider IF it's a situation to intervene in =).


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Re: How do you deal with witnessing street harrassment? - November 3rd 2012, 12:15 PM

Hey there, a few months ago we heard noises on our street and looked out to see this drunk man push an old man off his scooter and me and mum's ex boyfriend ran in to help. Should the situation arise, stay out of, call the police and keep a distance. Let's just say, the situation I was involved in, turned twice as ugly ten times as quick as I could blink.


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