WE Speak WE Stand Bystander Intervention Program

Kitty Genovese

WesWell Director Tanya Purdy invites you to speak up and stand up for your friends and classmates:

WE Speak, WE Stand aims to create a community that is actively engaged in the prevention of sexual assault, relationship violence and advocates for the responsible use of alcohol. The goal of the program is to empower bystanders to intervene in high risk situations involving alcohol use, sexual assault and relationship violence. Empowered bystanders make the campus community safer by standing up and speaking out when they witness situations that could potentially harm the health and safety of others. Intervening with peers can be challenging for a number of reasons and training will provide you with the skills to move from inaction to action and intervene safely and effectively.

The training features two distinct and separate tracks: sexual assault prevention and alcohol use intervention. The sexual assault prevention track will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of sexual assault, separate myths from facts and demonstrate and practice effective ways to intervene with friends, fellow students and community members.  The alcohol track will equip you with the tools you need to intervene in situations involving alcohol and empower you to use those tools.  Specifically, you will learn how alcohol affects your physiology and behavior and how to recognize an alcohol related medical emergency.  We will demonstrate and practice appropriate ways to intervene when a fellow community member has a problem with alcohol use.

This year, a third track is being introduced on a separate date.  The relationship violence track will feature a discussion of cultural norms around violence and relationships, enable you to identify the warning signs of relationships that may become abusive and provide concrete skills to intervene safely and effectively.


Date: Sunday, Feb. 17th
Time: 9:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Registration link
Register by: Midnight on February 11
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