If you see something 

When you see something happening that you know is wrong, what can you do? 


Notice a situation and pay attention to your gut instincts.


Assume the responsibility and evaluate your options for responding.


Use the IDEAS framework described below, and choose a strategy that is most appropriate in the situation. 


You made a difference; your actions helped! Take care of yourself and seek support.

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The IDEAS Framework

I: Interrupt

Take action directly aimed at the situation:  “Excuse me…”

D: Distract

Without addressing the situation directly, you can create a distraction: “Hey, don’t I know you from math class?”

E: Engage peers

Use the crowd around you and involve a peer, a friend, or family member: “Could you help me…”

A: Authorities

In some cases, the authorities may be the best source for help. Be prepared to call for police or other assistance. (See above.) Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies.

S: Safety

Your safety is the priority!

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