Marquette T.A.K.E.S. A.C.T.I.O.N.
Notice the event. Interpret it as a problem (red flags) and assume personal responsibility to help.
Possible solutions. Think it through and pick your strategy.
Stay calm. Enlist help if you can.
When safe and appropriate.
Open Dialogue/observe options
Be conscious of your delivery style. Use perspective taking and create context in light of the goal.
Negotiate Solution/negate further conflict
Draw a line in the sand. Know the appropriate “next step.”
The TAKES ACTION acronym should be utilized when accessing the need for intervention and/or when taking the steps to actively intervene. Marquette community members must assume personal responsibility to help and/or protect each other. Community members must: Assume responsibility. As members of the Marquette community, we recognize that we not only have a right to be protected, but a responsibility to protect.
One of the keys to bystander mobilization is RECOGNIZING THE EVENT! To do this, we must all be PERSONALLY AWARE in our environment! For example, if you saw someone with a major injury, there would be no doubt in your mind that you would call for help, in recognizing the person needed help. However, in situations such as a roommate’s depressed mood or increased drinking, intervention may still be needed, but it’s much harder to recognize. It is important that when we recognize these things, that we take the time and effort to communicate with each other. It is much more important that you ask the “difficult questions,” rather than ignore the problem “hoping it will take care of itself.”
The strength of the TAKES ACTION program lies in its communication training. Focusing on non-escalatory and non-judgmental engagement phrases, students learn how to quickly and effectively defuse conflict through conversation and generate positive outcomes.
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Sara Smith attended the Step Up! Train-the-Trainer Conference in May 2012 at the University of Arizona and is now a certified trainer for the Step Up! Bystander Intervention curriculum.
Lieutenant Weisensel serves as a member of the Vistelar National Verbal Defense Team, and is a leader in the law enforcement community in bystander intervention education. Lieutenant Weisensel speaks to law enforcement organizations across the country regarding the topics of verbal defense and the importance of bystander intervention.
To date, over 2500 students have gone through the MU T.A.K.E.S. A.C.T.I.O.N. bystander intervention training either through trainer trainings or the program itself.