Discussion 2: Bystander Intervention


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Separating fact from fiction is imperative when learning how to recognize and respond appropriately, and effectively, to victim/survivors, and bystanders/witnesses, of sexual violence. Although a large majority of sexual assaults do not happen in public settings, in some cases, they do. This is when it is important to understand the experience of the bystander. Bystander intervention can help to explain how, when, and where these kinds of assaults take place; at times, it may even prevent the assault from happening. For this week’s Discussion, watch the video case study of Talia. Locate research on bystander intervention by Victoria L. Banyard and/or Sarah McMahon.

By Day 5

Post your application of the theory of bystander intervention to the behavior of those exhibited in the video. Then, describe a scenario in which a bystander could have influenced this scenario in a different way. Please use the Learning Resources to support your answer

 Johnson Family Case Study:

Johnson Family Episode 1 Program Transcript ERIC: Ladies, what’s going on?  TALIA: Hi.  ERIC: I’m Eric.  TALIA: Talia  SHERRY: Sherry.  ERIC: Excellent. So I know some good-looking guys looking for some goodlooking girls.  SHERRY: You do, huh?  ERIC: We’re throwing a party Saturday night, and invitation only. I want you guys to come. Lots of booze. You like to dance?  TALIA: I love to dance.  ERIC: Me too. You should dance with me. You better come.  TALIA: All right.  ERIC: Both of you.  SHERRY: Thanks.  ERIC: I’ll see you then? All right, see you later.  TALIA: Bye.  SHERRY: Bye.  TALIA: He’s hot.  SHERRY: You think?  TALIA: Oh, yeah. You gonna go? SHERRY: Well, yeah, if you’re going to go.  TALIA: Yeah, I’m definitely gonna go.  ©2013 Laureate Education, Inc. 1                          Johnson Family Episode 1 SHERRY: OK, then we’re going.  TALIA: OK, it’s settled.  [INTERPOSING VOICES]  ERIC: Hey, there. How you feeling?  I’m drunk.  ERIC: Yes, you are. Here, have some more.  TALIA: I need to lay down. I don’t feel so good.  ERIC: Oh, no. No, no, no. Not here.  TALIA: Take me home.  ERIC: It’s my frat party. I actually– I’ll tell you what. I’ll take you upstairs. You can  use my bed, OK?  TALIA: Sure.  ERIC: All right. Come on, Talia. I got you.  SHERRY: Talia. Hey, are you OK?  TALIA: I’m fine.  SHERRY: You sure? Do you want to go with him?  ERIC: It’s fine. She likes me. Don’t you?  TALIA: Uh-huh. Johnson Family Episode 1 Additional Content Attribution  



Poteat, V., Mereish, E., DiGiovanni, C., & Koenig, B. (2011). The effects of general and homophobic victimization on adolescents psychosocial and educational concerns: The importance of intersecting identities and parent support. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58(4), 597–609.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Ullman, S. E. (2010). Conducting interviews with survivors of sexual assault. In Talking about sexual assault: Society’s response to survivors (pp. 121–143). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., Brocksen S. (Eds.). (2014). Sessions: Case histories. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
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