Oct. 30, 2017

H.Y.P.E teaches students to be active bystanders

Cleveland State University’s peer education organization H.Y.P.E. (Helping You Through Peer Education) will host various workshops to help spread awareness about domestic violence and mental health, specifically in the context of how to be an active bystander.

“This training is utilized to teach students to become empowered bystanders, which are people whose behaviors intervene in ways that impact the outcome positively,” said Gabby Cvengros, member of H.Y.P.E.

The Empowered Bystander Training workshops teach students the proper way to intervene in uncomfortable and difficult situations when it comes to issues like alcohol abuse, anxiety or sexual misconduct.

These workshops are part of HYPE’s Sexual Violence and Prevention Module this semester.

“The sexual violence and prevention module’s primary focus is on the empowered bystander training,” Cvengros said. “With current college culture influenced by partying, alcohol and drug use, it is very important for students to be well informed on how to deal with uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situations.”

HYPE staff also hosted a “Train the Trainer” workshop on Oct. 25 that included different ways that students can learn skills on how to become a bystander and pass those skills to others.

The team’s goals with these workshops is to help students feel safe in an urbanized environment and learn useful skills from experts.

Some of the things that the workshop highlighted is “Distract, direct and delegate,” which is a three-step process that teaches students how to be active bystanders. The workshop encompasses activities and scenarios that help students apply these skills in real life situations.

The next Empowered Bystander Training is Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event’s location is not set, but those interested can email Gabby Cvengros at gabby.cvengros@gmail.com. “After this training, individuals will have learned how to recognize violence, have the motivation to intervene and stop it, and have options for safe and effective intervention,” said Cvengros.


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