This Week in School and Campus Safety

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This Weekly Update by the Illinois School and Campus Safety Program highlights bystander intervention training and promotes safety during the 100 Deadliest Days.

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Laura Black
Program Coordinator
Illinois School and Campus Safety Program
Bystander Intervention Training

In a recent email, announced that "programs designed to decrease the prevalence of sexual assault among adolescents and college students by educating would-be bystanders (i.e., witnesses) about sexual assault, and promoting prosocial attitudes and the willingness to intervene in risky situations" were rated as effective in "reducing rape myth acceptance, increasing bystander efficacy, and increasing intent to help" and were rated "promising for actual helping behavior and rape supportive attitudes." The Practice Profile on the website discusses the practice components and provides the meta-analysis outcomes.

When it comes to understanding and promoting bystander intervention, there are numerous resources available. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) website provides both Bystander Intervention Resources and Bystander Intervention Tips and Strategies . The Bystander Intervention Resources page includes links to background/general information, publications and resources by the NSVRC, online learning opportunities, and information on campaigns and programs.

Additionally, there is also a Stop Sexual Violence: A Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Toolkit available online. This toolkit provides information on programs and resources that use bystander intervention and are designed for individuals from middle school through college. The toolkit discusses what bystander intervention is, provides some background and research, discusses ways of engaging bystanders (both male and female) and college campuses, and includes nine pages of resources.
100 Deadliest Days & Promoting Teen Driver Safety

We are now three weeks into the 100 Deadliest Days, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. According to a 2019 AAA report, in the last five years, crashes involving teen drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days resulted in almost 3,500 deaths. And, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2017, 3,255 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes over the course of the year.

As we continue through the 100 Deadliest Days, consider sharing teen driver safety resources like the ones on the NHTSA's Teen Driving page and the CDC's- Teen Drivers page with your students and their families.

Illinois School and Campus Safety Program