Want to help? Be smart, act safely
If you’ve had a few drinks your inhibitions may be lowered, so be mindful of that before you intervene so you don’t end up adding to the problem.
Always ask yourself the following questions:
- What's going on? We all know that gut feeling when something’s not right, but double check your instincts.
- Is something dodgy definitely happening? Get a second opinion from a mate if you’re not sure.
- Is it safe? The biggest rule here is put safety first. Even if what you’re seeing makes you angry, take a step back and think about the risks involved before approaching the person who looks uncomfortable.
If a situation looks like it’s already getting out of hand then telling a member of security staff will be much more effective and safe.
How can I help? Consider your options. If it's safe to do so, check in: Are they OK? If yes, then you've lost nothing!
If they say they’re not OK, strike up a conversation to find out how you can help, which puts distance between them and the harasser. You could invite them to join your group, offer to walk them to a different area of the venue, or ask if they'd like you to contact a friend, venue staff, first aid or security.
Remember these simple steps: Check it, Step in, Ask if they’re OK!
Keep your mates safe on a night out: #Staywithyourpack
Have you been affected by sexual harassment on a night out?
If you, or someone you know, has been affected by sexual harassment or any sort of sexual harm, help and support is available. Victim Support is an independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime. They offer free, confidential help to anyone who’s been affected by sexual harassment. Call 08 08 16 89 111 or go to www.victimsupport.org.uk
Drinkaware worked with the Good Night Out campaign and academic Rachel Fenton, project lead for 'The Intervention Initiative' at the University of Exeter, on the development of this advice.