Bystander intervention a recurring theme at SCOPE conference
- At the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE) conference Friday, the topic of bystander intervention's potential in dangerous situations such as sexual assault, hazing, alcohol abuse and bullying seemed to be a recurring theme as it came up in several sessions.
- One approach in particular--a "dance/theater/new media" performance written and directed by University of Maine graduate student Molly Schenk and titled "It's Not That Simple"--seemed to resonate with the audience.
- The performance originally premiered at Maine in 2008 with the idea of giving students open-ended, non-accusatory ways of intervening in a potentially dangerous situation assumption-free while giving friends and opportunity to escape the situation.
From the article:
ORLANDO -- If there is an obvious recurring theme at the second annual convention of SCOPE: School and College Organization for Prevention Educators, it's the potential of bystander intervention. The technique, in which students are trained to intervene in dangerous situations, is growing increasingly popular among student affairs professionals. ...
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