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1. Ask the victim: “Is someone bothering you?”
That question alone may deter a harasser who believes no one will intervene. If the victim says yes and the harasser does not leave or persists harassing, tell the harasser to stop or call for assistance (from police, a transit authority worker, or other people nearby).
2. If you see someone who has been verbally or physically abused, you can ask that person if there is anything you can do to help. If they say no, leave, because you do not want to be another person intruding on their space. If they say yes, try to help them as best you can.
3. Sometimes it’s best not to address the man/group that is doing the harassing. Simply offering a presence can deter harassment.
1. Distractions and indirect interventions can help: Asking for directions, asking for the time, or other innocuous questions can often be enough of a distraction for a harasser to go away and move on, without causing a big scene or putting anyone in physical danger.
2. Make an all-purpose anti-harassment statement. Like: “Stop harassing women/people. She/They doesn’t like it. No one likes it. Show some respect.” Speak it in a neutral but assertive tone.
Please See our I’ve got your back! page for more tips and ideas on how to support victims of harassment in the moment!!