Be An Active Bystander


KNOW the Facts

The college asks every one in the JCCC family to be an active bystander. Being an active bystander shows that you care about the JCCC community. When you witness any troubling behavior, take action to make sure that JCCC is a safe place. Being aware, and responding are key to become an active bystander.  See something, say something and do something.

There are many examples for becoming an active bystander. Observing any of the following behaviors that need you to say something to keep JCCC and our JCCC community safe.

Say NO to these behaviors:

  • disrespectful or abusive behavior
  • homophobic
  • racist or sexist jokes
  • discrimination
  • risky behavior resulting from substance use
  • Hate behavior or comments
  • taking advantage of power imbalances such as  status, size or level of inebriation

Just ask:

  • Are you OK?
  • Can I talk to you for a second?
  • That's really not cool.

Be Safe

Use backups.

  • Get your friends together. It's time to leave.
  • Get your friends for backup. Sometimes having your friends to back you up makes it easier to intervene.
  • If intervening in the situation would be dangerous for you to do, call JCCC police at 913-469-2500 or call 911. It's always an option for intervention.

Use distraction.

  • Invite yourself to tag along
  • Hey, this party is lame, let’s go somewhere else.

Use the silent stare.

  • Sometimes a disapproving look can be far more powerful than words.

Use humor.

  • Reduces the tension of an intervention and makes it easier for the person to hear you.
  • Do not undermine what you say with too much humor. Funny doesn't mean unimportant.

Use disapproval.

  • Say something like, "I hope no one ever talks to you like that."
  • Challenge a sexist/rape joke by saying, "I don’t get it, can you explain why that joke is funny?"

Use friendship.

  • "I gotta tell you that the way you acted makes you look like a jerk."
  • "As your friend, I thought you were better than this."

Report It

You have a right to be safe. Communicate your concerns to a friend or parent or contact JCCC police, college officials or counselors.

The KNOW program is JCCC’s prevention and education efforts to help stop relationship violence in support of title IX, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, the SaVE Act and Clery.