Hollaback! Bystander Intervention Training
YWCA of Central VA
Lynchburg, VA 24504
- Friday, October 23, 2020
12:00pm — 1:00pm
YWCA of Central Virginia along with YWCA Richmond and YWCA South Hampton Roads is proud to partner with Hollaback! to provide free training to help anyone who attends Stand Up Against Street Harassment in recognition of YWCA Week Without Violence.
This training will be held virtually on Friday, October 23 from 12-1pm.
While the training is free, you must register in advance for this meeting:
ABOUT STAND UP AGAINST STREET HARASSMENT
Street harassment is an experience that devalues people of all sexual orientations, cultures and beliefs causing them to doubt their own experiences. When we watch harassment happen without intervening, it deepens the trauma for the person being harassed and shows the person doing the harassing that their behavior is OK. We want to disrupt this dynamic one intervention at a time.
When we see someone fall, or drop something in public, we instinctively help out. Why don’t we have the same reaction when we see someone being sexually harassed? We see it happen but uncomfortably look away. We feel the urge to speak up, but stay cautiously silent. We all want to do something about it, but don’t know what. Or worse, we end up thinking it’s “not a big deal.” Not knowing what constitutes street harassment and what to do, limits our ability to take action, chipping away at the self-worth of men and women who suffer from street harassment.
In 2020, Hollaback!, L’Oréal Paris, and the NYC Commission on Gender Equity join forces to ensure everyone’s self-worth, leveraging Hollaback!’s 5 D’s methodology to help people safely intervene when they experience or witness harassment in public spaces. The goal of the Stand Up program is to train 1,000,000 people to become Upstanders before the end of 2021 and ultimately build a culture where street harassment is seen as unacceptable behavior.
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