Bystander Education - Benjamin Franklin Institute Of Technology

Bystander Education

The college encourages all students to be active bystanders and to report any incidents of power-based personal violence (PBPV) to college administrators. Students and community members can report any incidents to BFIT Security at or 617-588-1355. If there is threat of immediate danger, please call 911 to be connected to Boston Police. 


a person who is standing near but not taking part in what is happening.

Bystander Effect

the phenomenon in which the greater the number of people present, the less likely people are to help a person in distress

Power Based Personal Violence (PBPV)

A type of violence committed by an offender who uses the assertion of power, control, and/or intimidation in order to harm another. These acts may be committed by strangers, friends, acquaintances, intimates, or other persons.

Power-based violence has traditionally been known as violence against women, but as we strive to understand these crimes we must acknowledge that the terminology "violence against women" diminishes male survivors' experiences. While these crimes are overwhelmingly committed by men against women the overriding similarities in these crimes are not the gender of the perpetrator or the victim, but the desire to assert power and control over another person

What can you do as an Active Bystander?

  • Understand your expectations as an active bystander and choose to do something to decrease PBPV
  • Know how to help: the 3 D's: Direct, Delegate, and Distract
  • Be responsible and respectful within the BFIT community
  • Understand consent
  • Apply "green dot" strategies against "red dot" incidents of PBPV


Learn More about Consent

Understand that CONSENT can be confusing or a 'grey area'. CLICK HERE to learn more about CONSENT and your responsibilities and expectations.