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One Wave Bystander

Be a One Wave Bystander

One Wave is designed to help equip you with knowledge and skills to empower members of the Tulane community to prevent violence or intervene in high risk situations.

What is a Bystander?

One Wave defines a bystander as anyone who is aware of violence present in our community and/or witnesses a moment of harm without action. A One Wave Bystander is someone who actively does something to create an environment of greater safety. 

By virtue of being a part of the Tulane community, we are inherently all bystanders.

Why don't we intervene?

Nobody is perfect, and we all have barriers that may prevent us from intervening in high-risk situations. Sometimes, we face uncertainty about what is happening in a situation that makes us unsure about stepping in. We do not always know what to do, know the parties involved, or know if someone else might step in to intervene instead. Often we are worried about embarrassing ourselves. Furthermore, we may fear that we do not have the skills to effectively intervene or that our own safety might be compromised by getting involved. 

How do we move around our barriers?

One Wave provides a variety of options that allow individuals to effectively intervene in ways that are comfortable for them emotionally and physically. 

The Three Ds outline the many ways we can work around our barriers: 

Direct: This approach means that if you see a concerning behavior and are comfortable intervening, you deal with it directly by interacting with those involved. 

Delegate: When you recognize a high-risk situation and you either feel uncomfortable saying something or you feel like someone else is better suited to handle it, delegating the responsibility is an option. This approach allows for a shared sense of responsibility amongst community members; you don’t have to intervene alone. Sometimes you are not the right person to intervene but finding someone who can is a solution. 

Distract: The focus of this approach is diversion. If you see a high-risk situation thinking of a way to divert the attention of the people in the situation may be the most effective option to eliminate potential harm. A distraction could be “accidentally” spilling a drink, asking to borrow the phone of someone who is in a risky situation, asking for a ride, or starting an unrelated conversation.