What is a Bystander?
A bystander is a person who is present during an incident, but does not take part. He/she is witness to an act of sexual abuse, but is not directly involved. The bystander has a choice to intervene or not.
Bystander intervention has been proven be a great tool in the prevention of child sex abuse. It encourages social intolerance of these and other crimes.
We all have the ability to intervene when we see someone crossing boundaries. For example if a family member is tickling a child and the child is obviously not enjoying it, you can easily say “it looks to me like (child’s name) is not enjoying that game, it’s time to stop.” That is an example of bystander intervention.